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Nogales CBP Officers Seize Cocaine Worth Nearly $237K

Release Date: 
April 18, 2013

NOGALES, ARIZ.—A 29-year-old man was arrested yesterday for attempting to smuggle 26 pounds of cocaine into the United States through the Mariposa Port.


Cocaine hidden in vehicle's headliner.


U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers arrested Luis Bernardo Gortari-Contreras, of Magdalena, Sonora, Mexico, after a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs in his Chevy SUV during a secondary inspection. Officers found 10 packages of cocaine inside the vehicle's headliner.

The drugs and vehicle were seized. Gortari was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

Individuals arrested may be charged by complaint, the method by which a person is charged with criminal activity, which raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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