NOGALES, ARIZ.—Two Mexican nationals and a local woman were arrested Tuesday at the Port of Nogales for attempting to smuggle more than 36 pounds of methamphetamine into the United States.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred a 23-year-old male Mexican national for an additional inspection of his Ford SUV at the DeConcini Port of Entry. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs underneath the vehicle, officers removed 16 packages of meth worth more than $305,000. The drugs were hidden within a compartment in the center console of the SUV.
Earlier in the day, officers at the Mariposa Port referred at a 37-year-old Mexican woman and her 27-year-old (U.S. citizen) female passenger for an inspection of her Chrysler sedan. A positive alert by a service canine led officers to remove the gas tank. In doing so, officers found 15 packages of meth valued in excess of $250,000.
The drugs and vehicles were processed for seizure. The subjects were 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.