TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested two Nogales, Arizona teens and a man residing in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico for their alleged involvement in separate smuggling attempts over the weekend at the Port of Nogales.
Officers at the Mariposa crossing referred a 15-year-old Nogales girl for further inspection Saturday (Oct. 10) when she entered the U.S. through a pedestrian lane. After a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs under her clothing, officers found just more than a pound of methamphetamine worth more than $3,100.
At about the same time and same crossing, officers referred a 16-year-old girl for further inspection when she entered through a pedestrian lane. After a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs beneath her clothing, officers found nearly a pound of meth worth just more than $2,900.
A day earlier, officers at the Morley Pedestrian crossing referred Ivan Octavio Romero-Aragon, 22, identified as a U.S. citizen living in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for further inspection. A narcotics canine then alerted to his pants where officers found nearly eight ounces of marijuana worth just more than $200.
CBP officers seized all drugs and turned all suspects 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.