TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a man from Mexico and a woman from Nogales, Arizona, during separate attempts to smuggle methamphetamine and cocaine through the Port of Nogales earlier this week.
CBP officers and a narcotics detection canine at the Dennis DeConcini crossing located nearly 17 pounds of methamphetamine and five pounds of cocaine hidden in a Honda minivan, driven by Karen Lizabeth Almada, 25, of Nogales, during a secondary inspection Monday night. The narcotics, found in a rear quarter-panel, had a combined value exceeding $183,000.
Officers at the Mariposa crossing, searching a Ford SUV driven by Jose Alfredo Valencia-Dominguez, 29, of Sonora, Mexico, found more than 14 pounds of methamphetamine Tuesday after a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the vehicle’s rear seats. Officers estimated the value at more than $43,000.
Officers processed the vehicles and drugs for seizure, and referred both subjects 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.