NOGALES, ARIZ.—Two Mexican men were arrested Saturday at the Port of Nogales for attempting to smuggle more than 51 pounds of methamphetamine into the United States in separate incidents.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred Adan Segoviano-Gutierrez, 34, for an additional inspection of his GMC truck at the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry. After a CBP narcotic detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs underneath a plastic bed liner, officers removed almost 35 pounds of meth worth more than $538,000.
A short time earlier, officers referred Juan Salomon Orozco-Bojorquez, 26, for additional inspection of his Dodge truck at the Mariposa Port of Entry. After a drug detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs within the dashboard area, officers removed almost 17 pounds of meth from inside of a hidden compartment in the firewall of the truck worth nearly $256,000.
The drugs and vehicle were processed for seizure. Both subjects were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.
CBP's Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Homeland Security tasked with an anti-terrorism mission. 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 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.