TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested two Mexican women, and a U.S. woman from Rio Rico, Arizona, during separate weekend attempts to smuggle methamphetamine through the Port of Nogales.
The first incident occurred Aug. 19 when officers referred a 31-year-old woman from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for further inspection as she attempted to enter the U.S. through the Morley pedestrian crossing. A search of the woman revealed more than 3 pounds of meth, worth nearly $9,400, wrapped around her calves. Moments later, officers referred a 29-year-old woman, also from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for similar inspection and, using a CBP narcotics-detection canine, discovered the same amount of meth wrapped around her calves.
On Aug. 21, officers referred a 24-year-old Rio Rico woman for further inspection of her Mazda sedan as she entered the U.S. through the Mariposa crossing. A narcotics-detection canine alerted officers to the vehicle’s firewall where they found almost 43 pounds of meth worth nearly $128,000.
Officers seized the vehicle and narcotics, and turned all subjects 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.