NOGALES, ARIZ.—A man from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico and a Tucson woman were arrested Sunday at the Port of Entry here in connection with separate failed attempts to smuggle narcotics.
Lucio Leonardo Valle-Bustamante, 37, was arrested after a U.S. Customs and Border Protection drug-detection canine alerted officers to more than 61 pounds of methamphetamine. Officers located 48 packages of the drug hidden throughout Valle's Mercury sedan when he attempted to enter through the Mariposa Port. The estimated value of the seizure was nearly $951,000.
Loribeth M. Torres, 34, was arrested Saturday night after a service canine alerted to more than a pound of heroin in her clothing when she attempted to cross the U.S. border through pedestrian lanes at the Dennis DeConcini Port. The drugs were valued at nearly $17,000.
Officers seized the vehicle and drugs. Valle and Torres were referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.
CBP's Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Homeland Security tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation's ports. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes carrying out border-related duties, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.
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.