TUCSON, Ariz. — Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Nogales seized more than 137 pounds of illegal drugs and arrested four individuals during multiple weekend smuggling attempts involving cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine.
Officers at the Mariposa crossing referred a 32-year-old female Mexican national for further questioning and a secondary inspection of the Toyota sedan she was driving on May 6. After a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to drugs in the vehicle, officers removed multiple packages from the seats containing more than 14 pounds of heroin worth approximately $249,000; nearly 17 pounds of cocaine worth close to $190,000; and almost 39 pounds of meth in excess of $116,000.
On May 7, officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred a 17-year-old male Mexican national from Nogales, Sonora for further inspection when he entered through a pedestrian lane. In the teen’s shoes, officers found more than two pounds of heroin worth almost $41,000.
On the same day, officers at the DeConcini crossing found more than 57 pounds of marijuana, worth close to $29,000, in a Nissan truck belonging to a 20-year-old male Mexican national from Nogales, Sonora. A drug-detection canine alerted officers to the drugs hidden under the truck’s bed liner.
On May 8, officers at the DeConcini crossing referred a 36-year-old Phoenix man for a secondary inspection of the Ford truck he was driving and found nearly eight pounds of meth, worth an estimated $23,000, in the spare tire.
Officers seized all drugs and vehicles, and turned the subjects 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.