NOGALES, ARIZ.—A Nogales, Sonora, Mexico man was arrested Thursday at the Port of Nogales for attempting to smuggle more than five pounds of methamphetamine into the United States.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred the 21-year-old Mexican national for an additional inspection of his Dodge truck at the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry. After a CBP narcotic detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs within the bench seat, officers removed five packages of meth worth more than $77,700. The drugs were hidden within a tubular back support cylinder.
The drugs and vehicle were processed for seizure. The subject was 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.