Nogales CBP Officers Stop Smuggler at DeConcini Port with Nearly 8 lbs of Meth
NOGALES, ARIZ.—Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to Tucson Field Operations seized nearly eight pounds of methamphetamine yesterday valued at almost $124,000.
Officers working at the Dennis DeConcini Port referred a 29-year-old Mexican national for a secondary inspection of his sedan when he attempted to enter the United States. A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs, prompting a more thorough search using a vehicle lift. Officers then located seven packages of methamphetamine concealed inside the rails of the vehicle.
The vehicle and drugs were seized. The subject was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.
Individuals arrested are charged with a criminal complaint, which raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
CBP's Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Homeland Security tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation's ports. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes carrying out border-related duties, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.