Nogales CBP Officers Seize More Than Half-Million Dollars of Mixed Narcotics at DeConcini Crossing
NOGALES, Ariz. — Two male Mexican nationals and two female U.S. citizens were arrested Sunday in separate incidents for attempting to smuggle methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin into the United States through the Port of Nogales’ DeConcini crossing.
Officers from U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Field Operations referred a male 34-year-old Mexican national from Sonora, Mexico, for an inspection of his 2006 Honda Odyssey. An inspection and a CBP canine’s alert led officers to find 48.6 pounds of meth, worth nearly $146,000, hidden within the vehicle’s seats.
Again using inspection equipment and a CBP canine, officers referred a 47-year-old man from Nogales, Sonora for an inspection of his 2008 Buick Lacrosse. An inspection and a CBP canine’s alert led officers to find 19.65 pounds of meth, worth nearly $59,000, hidden within the vehicle’s rocker panels.
Also arrested at the same port was a 36-year-old Tucson woman driving a 2006 Kia Sorento. Officers conducting an inspection and using a CBP canine discovered multiple packages of cocaine (7.8 pounds), heroin (4.65 pounds) and meth (9.6 pounds) with a combined value of nearly $176,000.
In addition, CBP officers apprehended another Tucson woman at the DeConcini Port for attempting to smuggle cocaine and heroin. Officers selected her KIA Sorento for inspection and, using a CBP canine, found multiple packages within the rear passenger seat. Eight packages contained nine pounds of methamphetamine; four packages held four pounds of heroin; and three were filled with seven pounds of cocaine. The 15 packages combined have an estimated value exceeding $156,500.
Officers seized all drugs and vehicles, and turned the subjects over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
Individuals arrested may be charged by complaint, the method by which a person is charged with criminal activity, which raises no inference of 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. OFO 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 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.