TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a 26-year-old man from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico for his alleged involvement in an attempt to smuggle $3,100 worth of narcotics through the Port of Nogales on Oct. 10.
Officers at the Morley Pedestrian crossing referred Antemio Rios-Castro for further inspection as he entered the U.S. on foot. After a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs under his clothing, officers found more than two pounds of methamphetamine wrapped around his legs, from his knees to his ankles.
Wednesday’s seizure comes just days after officers apprehended three body carriers, a 22-year-old male resident of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, and two local teen girls, for attempting to smuggle small amounts of meth and marijuana at Nogales ports of entry.
CBP officers seized the drugs and turned Rios 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.