Nogales CBP Officers Seize Hard Drugs
TUCSON, Ariz. –U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Nogales apprehended a U.S. citizen and 2 Mexican nationals involved in separate failed attempts to smuggle more than $558,000 worth of methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin into the United States over the weekend.
Officers working at the Mariposa Crossing referred a 36-year-old Nogales, Arizona man for further inspection of his Ford Mustang early Saturday morning. A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to a scent that it was trained to detect, resulting in drugs being located in the vehicle engine’s manifold. The inspection led to the discovery of more than 6 pounds of meth, worth nearly $19,000.
A few hours later, officers at the Mariposas crossing referred a 23-year-old Mexican woman for a further search of her Nissan sedan. A canine alert led to the discovery of more than 66 pounds of meth, worth in excess of $198,000, nearly 3 pounds of cocaine, worth more than $33,000 and almost 4 pounds of heroin, worth more $61,000 throughout the vehicle.
Sunday morning, officers at the Mariposa crossing referred a 44-year-old Mexican woman for an additional search of her Mercury SUV. Following a canine alert, officers removed more than 35 pounds of meth, worth more than $106,000 as well as more than 8 pounds of heroin, worth in excess of $140,000 from within the spare tire.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicles, and after their arrests turned all three subjects 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.