TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested two Mexican nationals and two U.S. citizens during separate weekend smuggling attempts at the Port of Nogales.
Officers at the Mariposa Commercial facility referred a 28-year-old man from neighboring Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for a secondary vehicle inspection of the tractor-trailer he was driving on April 18. A CBP narcotics-detection canine then helped officers locate more than 1,400 pounds of marijuana worth in excess of $736,000.
A day earlier, officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing arrested Martin Fernando Galindo-Duran, 51, of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, after finding 13 packages of methamphetamine in his Pontiac sedan. A narcotics-detection canine alerted officers to nearly 18 pounds of meth concealed in the firewall and quarter panel, valued at almost $53,000. Officers also arrested Analicia Cruz Campas, 28, of Tucson after a service canine alerted officers to her computer bag with more than six pounds of cocaine, worth in excess of $63,000.
On April 19, officers at the DeConcini pedestrian crossing referred Lili Blumenkron, 22, of Nogales, Arizona, for further inspection and located more than a pound of heroin, worth nearly $18,000, in her undergarments. (no photo)
Officers processed all drugs and vehicles involved, and referred the subjects 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.