TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers recently arrested two Nogales, Arizona residents for separate attempts to smuggle a combined 52 pounds methamphetamine through the Port of Nogales.
Officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing Tuesday referred a 26-year-old man for further inspection of his Toyota sedan and found 36 pounds of meth, worth almost $109,000, hidden in a speaker box.
A day earlier at the same crossing, officers referred a 27-year-old woman for a search of her Honda SUV and found 16 pounds of meth, worth $48,000, with the assistance of a narcotics-detection canine.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicles, and turned the 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.