NOGALES, ARIZ.—A Rio Rico man was arrested Monday at the Port of Nogales for attempting to smuggle nearly 27 pounds of cocaine into the United States.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred Armando Gonzalez Barajas, 33, for an additional inspection of his Chrysler sedan when he attempted to cross the border. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs in the vehicle's dashboard, officers removed 10 packages of cocaine worth more than $243,000.
The drugs and vehicle were processed for seizure. The subject was referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.
CBP's Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Homeland Security tasked with an anti-terrorism mission. 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 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.