TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a female Mexican national when she allegedly attempted to smuggle nearly 51 pounds of methamphetamine through the Port of Nogales over the weekend.
CBP officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred a 45-year-old Obregon, Sonora, Mexico, resident for further inspection of her Mitsubishi SUV on June 11. The search led to the discovery of multiple packages of methamphetamine, worth approximately $153,000, concealed in the vehicle’s firewall.
Officers turned the suspect over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations after seizing the drugs and the vehicle.
Nogales Port Director Guadalupe Ramirez credited the experience of his personnel for the successful seizure.
“Our CBP officers have always produced effective results when it comes to interdicting illegal contraband,” he said. “They have and will continue to make it difficult for criminal organizations to smuggle drugs through our ports of entry.”
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.