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Nogales CBP Officers Seize Nearly $372,000 Worth of Cocaine

Release Date: 
April 26, 2012

Nogales, Ariz. - A 32-year-old male Mexican national, attempting to smuggle nearly 41 pounds of cocaine into the United States, was arrested Wednesday by Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Dennis DeConcini Port in Nogales.

Officers referred the man for an intensive inspection of his Ford truck after a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs. A further search led to the discovery of 17 packages containing nearly 41 pounds of cocaine, valued at almost $372,000.

The drugs and vehicle were processed for seizure. The subject was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

The cocaine was valued at almost $372,000.

CBP officers at Nogales inspected a Ford truck and discovered 17 packages containing nearly 41 pounds of cocaine,

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. 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 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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017