NOGALES, ARIZ.—A pair of Mexican nationals were arrested yesterday at the Port of Nogales for attempting to smuggle more than 10 pounds of cocaine into the United States.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred a 42-year-old man and a 52-year-old woman from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico for additional inspection of his Dodge truck when they attempted to enter the United States. After a CBP narcotic detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs within the engines' heater core, officers removed six packages of cocaine worth nearly $93,293.
The drugs and vehicle were processed for seizure. Both subjects were referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.