TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Nogales arrested three U.S. citizens for attempting to smuggle $923,000 worth of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine on Thursday afternoon.
Officers working at the Dennis DeConcini Crossing referred a 57-year-old woman from Rio Rico, Arizona for further inspection of her Nissan SUV as she attempted to cross through the vehicle SENTRI lane. A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the spare tire of the woman’s vehicle, leading officers to nearly 32 pounds of cocaine, worth over $359,000. The officers also removed nearly 24 pounds of heroin, worth more than $417,000. Additionally, the woman’s SENTRI document was revoked.
Earlier in the afternoon, officers working at the Mariposa Crossing referred a 21-year-old woman and 22-year old man for further inspection of the Infiniti sedan. A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted officers to 49 pounds of meth within the vehicle, worth $147,000.
Officers arrested all subjects for narcotics smuggling and seized both vehicles, along with the drugs. The subjects were turned 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.