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Nogales CBP Officers Seize Cocaine

Release Date: 
January 23, 2012

NOGALES, ARIZ.—Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to Tucson Field Operations seized nearly 50 pounds of cocaine at the Dennis DeConcini Port Friday.

A 42-year-old Mexican man attempting to enter the United States was selected for a secondary inspection of his Chevrolet truck. Subsequently, the truck was taken to a vehicle lift where officers located 19 packages of cocaine concealed inside the gas tank.

Packages of cocaine concealed within fuel tank

Packages of cocaine concealed within fuel tank

The drugs and vehicle were processed for seizure. The man was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

Individuals arrested are charged with a criminal complaint, which raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Cocaine seized by CBP officers at the Dennis DeConcini Port in Nogales, AZ.

Cocaine seized by CBP officers at the Dennis DeConcini Port in Nogales, AZ.

CBP's Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Homeland Security tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation's ports. 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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017