TUCSON, AZ. – Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers arrested two people in separate incidents on March 18 for attempting to smuggle a combination of heroin, methamphetamine and oxycodone pills through the Port of Entry in Nogales.
Officers at the Mariposa crossing referred a 33-year-old Mexican male for further inspection of his Chevrolet SUV. A CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted officers to the vehicle’s firewall where they found more than six pounds of heroin, worth nearly $110,000. Approximately 30 pounds of methamphetamine (meth)were also discovered, valued at $87,000.
Meanwhile, CBP officers at the DeConcini crossing referred a 36-year-old Phoenix woman in a Hyundai sedan for a secondary search, and found a small amount of meth in her purse, in addition to nearly 1,500 oxycodone pills.
CBP officers seized the drugs and vehicles, and turned both subjects over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
Federal law allows officers to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows the filing of charges for criminal activity without inferring guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
CBP's Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Homeland Security tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation’s ports. 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 carrying out border-related duties, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.