Nogales, Ariz. - Two Mexican nationals were arrested during separate weekend incidents for attempting to smuggle more than $300,000 worth of cocaine and heroin through the Dennis DeConcini port of entry.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers referred a 27-year-old male for a secondary inspection of his Pontiac sedan when he attempted to enter the United States Friday. During their inspection, officers used a CBP narcotics detection dog who alerted to the presence of drugs. Officers located 11 packages of cocaine weighing more than 26 pounds in the vehicle's floor. The cocaine, worth an estimated $238,000, and vehicle were processed for seizure.
Saturday, officers working the pedestrian crossing referred a 38-year-old woman for additional questioning when she attempted to enter the United States. The woman's suitcase was x-rayed and a narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs. Officers removed six packages of heroin weighing nearly five pounds and valued at roughly $66,000. The drugs were processed for seizure.
Both subjects were arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.
Individuals arrested may be 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.
CBP's Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Homeland Security tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation's ports. CBP 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.
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.