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Nogales CBP Officers Seize Meth, Marijuana

Release Date: 
August 2, 2012

Nogales, Ariz. - A Mexican national was arrested Wednesday for attempting to smuggle an estimated $183,000 worth of narcotics into the United States.

Narcotics seized by CBP in Nogales, Arizona

Narcotics seized by CBP in Nogales, Arizona

Customs and Border Protection officers referred Alfonso M. Cuevas, 23, for inspection of his Ford truck when he attempted to enter the U.S. through the Dennis DeConcini Port. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs, officers discovered nearly 26 pounds of marijuana and 11 pounds of methamphetamine.

Cuevas was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations. The drugs and vehicle were seized.

Individuals arrested may be charged by complaint, the method by which a person is charged with criminal activity, which raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Narcotics seized by CBP in Nogales, Arizona

Narcotics seized by CBP in Nogales, Arizona

CBP 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 (CBP) 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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017