NOGALES, ARIZ.—Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Tucson Field Office seized a combination of cocaine and methamphetamines Saturday valued at approximately $261,500.
Officers at the Dennis DeConcini Port referred a 20-year-old male Mexican national for a secondary inspection of his Dodge SUV when he and his 24-year-old male passenger attempted to enter the United States. After a CBP detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs, the vehicle was taken to a lift where officers found two packages of methamphetamine, weighing 11 pounds and valued at $170,500, inside the manifold.
At the Mariposa Port, a 27-year-old male Mexican national was referred for a secondary inspection of his Dodge truck when he attempted to enter the United States. After a CBP detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs, officers located five packages of cocaine inside a non-factory compartment in the vehicle's heater core. The packages contained more than 10 pounds of cocaine valued at $91,000.
In both incidents, the vehicles and drugs were processed for seizure. The subjects were arrested and referred 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.
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.
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.