NOGALES, ARIZ.—A male Mexican national was arrested Friday at the Port of Nogales for attempting to smuggle nearly 24 pounds of heroin into the United States.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred Ramon Alejandro Jimenez-Espinoza, 21, for an additional inspection of his Hyundai sedan at the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs within the vehicle's bumpers, officers removed 16 packages of heroin worth close to $326,000.
The drugs and vehicle were processed for seizure. Jimenez was turned over 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.