TUCSON, Ariz. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a 19-year-old Phoenix area woman Tuesday night for allegedly attempting to smuggle a weapon and stolen vehicle into Mexico through the Port of Nogales.
Officers performing outgoing inspections at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred Cecily Faith Abed, of Sun City, Arizona, for additional inspection of the KIA sedan she was driving. During the inspection, officers located a tactical rifle, four empty ammunition magazines, and a small amount of methamphetamine and heroin. Officers also learned the vehicle was reported stolen, according to Avondale Police Department records.
Officers seized the weapon, magazines, drugs and vehicle, and turned Abed 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.