TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Nogales arrested two Mexican men yesterday for attempting to smuggle a combined 83 pounds of hard drugs, worth more than $390,000.
Officers referred a 29-year-old Mexican man for a secondary inspection of his Ford truck when he applied for entry into the country at the Dennis DeConcini crossing. During the inspection, a CBP narcotics-detection canine helped officers locate a combined 43 packages consisting of 38 pounds of methamphetamine, worth approximately $114,000, and 17 pounds of cocaine worth in excess of $192,500.
A few hours later, officers referred a 31-year-old Mexican man for a secondary search of his Nissan sedan. A CBP canine helped officers locate a false compartment in the vehicle’s floor, which held nearly 28 pounds of meth worth almost $84,000.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicles involved, and turned both subjects over 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.