Nogales CBP Officers Seize Mixed Load
TUCSON, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Nogales seized nearly $240,000 worth of methamphetamine, heroin, and fentanyl Wednesday morning.
CBP Officers at the Dennis DeConcini Crossing referred a 57-year-old U.S. citizen from Coolidge, Arizona for further inspection of his Saab when he attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico. Following an alert by a CBP narcotics detection canine, CBP officers discovered and seized nearly 35 pounds of methamphetamine, worth an estimated $104,000, more than two pounds of heroin, worth nearly $60,000, and five pounds of fentanyl, worth $75,000.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicle. The subject was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
Federal law allows officers to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows the filing of charges for criminal activity without inferring guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and 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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.