NOGALES, ARIZ.—A male Mexican national was arrested Thursday at the Port of Nogales for attempting to smuggle nearly 32 pounds of cocaine into the United States.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred the 21-year-old man for an additional inspection of his Toyota sedan at the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs under the vehicle’s back seat and in the trunk, officers removed 10 packages of cocaine worth almost $287,000.
The drugs and vehicle were processed for seizure. The subject was turned 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.