TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested two Mexican nationals for two separate failed hard narcotics smuggling attempts on Aug. 4 through the Port of Nogales.
The first incident occurred early in the morning when officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred a 27-year-old resident of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for a secondary inspection of her Jeep SUV. A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of nearly 51 pounds of meth, worth nearly $153,000, concealed in a non-factory compartment inside the firewall of the vehicle. They also found more than two pounds of heroin worth nearly $43,000.
Later that morning, officers at the Mariposa crossing referred a 23-year-old resident of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for a secondary inspection his Pontiac sedan. A CBP narcotics detection canine alert led officers to nearly 62 pounds of meth, worth more than $185,000, that was hidden within the vehicle’s seats.
Officers seized the narcotics, both vehicles, and turned both subjects over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.