TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a male Mexican national connected with a failed attempt to smuggle heroin and methamphetamine yesterday (August 24) through the Dennis DeConcini crossing in Nogales, Arizona.
Officers referred the 37-year-old resident of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for a secondary inspection of his Toyota SUV. A positive alert by a CBP narcotics-detection canine led to the discovery of more than seven pounds of heroin, worth more than $128,000 as well as nearly 10 pounds of meth, worth nearly $30,000, within a non-factory compartment inside the vehicle’s rear quarter panels and passenger door.
Officers seized the vehicle and drugs, while the subject was turned 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.