NOGALES, ARIZ.—An adult male Mexican national was arrested Monday at the Port of Mariposa Commercial Facility for attempting to smuggle 5.6 pounds of methamphetamine into the United States.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers using an x-ray scanner during commercial inspections discovered the drugs, valued at nearly $87,000, concealed in a spare automotive battery compartment of a tractor-trailer.
The driver of the rig, who possessed a Border Crossing Card, was referred 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.