TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested three Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, residents allegedly involved in smuggling attempts at the Port of Nogales over the weekend, resulting in the seizure of more than 45 pounds of methamphetamine.
Officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred Jorge Gutierrez-Medina, 35, and his passenger, 46-year-old Lucia Quintanilla-Najar, for further inspection Oct. 24. A CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs, amounting to just more than 43 pounds of methamphetamine worth more than $129,000.
A day earlier, after officers at the DeConcini pedestrian crossing referred Diana Guadalupe Cruz-Delgadillo, 21, for further inspection, a narcotics canine alerted to nearly two pounds of meth worth almost $6,000. The drugs were concealed in her undergarments.
CBP officers seized all drugs involved, 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.