TUCSON, Ariz. – A local resident was arrested Monday for attempting to smuggle 30 pounds of methamphetamine through the Port of Nogales.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing selected a GMC SUV, driven by Marco Antonio Moreno-Ramirez, 22, for further inspection following a positive alert by a CBP narcotics detection canine. During the search, officers removed 28 packages of meth from a non-factory compartment in a trailer he was towing, valued at nearly $91,000.
The vehicle and drugs were processed for seizure. Moreno was referred 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.