TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Nogales apprehended a 29-year-old Nogales, Ariz. woman involved in a failed attempt to smuggle approximately 24 pounds of cocaine.
Officers working at the Dennis DeConcini crossing early Thursday morning referred the woman for a secondary inspection of her Chevy sedan when she attempted to enter the United States. During the inspection, a CBP canine alerted to a scent it is trained to detect in the vehicles undercarriage, which led to the discovery of multiple packages of cocaine, worth nearly $272,000.
Officers arrested the subject for narcotics smuggling, and seized the vehicle and drugs before turning her over 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.