Nogales, Ariz. - Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Tucson Field Office seized more than $693,000 worth of hard narcotics over the weekend.
Officers at the Dennis DeConcini Port referred a 47-year-old Mexican man for a secondary inspection of his Ford SUV when he attempted to enter the United States on Friday. After a narcotics detection canine alerted to dashboard area and a non-intrusive x-ray inspection, officers discovered 12 packages of methamphetamines which weighed more than 15 pounds and valued at $238,000. The vehicle and drugs were processed for seizure.
Officers at the Mariposa Port referred a Mexican 39-year-old male for a secondary inspection of the Ford truck when he attempted to enter the United States on Saturday. After a narcotics detection canine alerted to the fuel tank, the truck was taken to a lift area where the tank was removed. Subsequently, officers located 22 packages of methamphetamines concealed inside the vehicle's gas tank. The narcotics, weighing nearly 29 pounds and valued at more than $445,000, were processed for seizure along with the vehicle.
On Saturday, officers at the Morley pedestrian gate referred a local 20-year-old man for additional questioning when he attempted to enter the United States. Following a routine search, officers located a single package of heroin inside the man's clothing. The narcotics, weighing more than three-quarters of a pound and valued at more than $10,000, were processed for seizure.
In each of the cases, the subjects were arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.
Individuals arrested are charged with a criminal complaint, which raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
CBP's Office of Field Operations 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 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.