TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers made history Friday when they arrested a Mexican national for an alleged attempt to smuggle more than 387 pounds of methamphetamine through the Port of Nogales. It was the largest meth seizure in Arizona port history.
Officers at the Mariposa Commercial Facility referred Juan Rodolfo Lugo-Urias, 35, of Playas De Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico, for further inspection of a tractor-trailer load of bell peppers when he attempted to enter the U.S. After a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs inside the trailer’s front wall and rear doors, officers removed nearly 400 packages of meth worth more than $1.1 million.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicle, and turned Lugo over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
Nogales Port Director Guadalupe Ramirez applauded officers for the seizure. “This significant interception is a testament to the vigilance and skills of the dedicated officers at the Port of Nogales.”
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.