TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a man and juvenile during separate weekend attempts to smuggle heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine through the Dennis DeConcini crossing in Nogales, Arizona.
The first incident occurred Aug. 12 when officers referred a 62-year-old man from Magdalena, Sonora, Mexico, for a secondary inspection of his Dodge truck and discovered multiple packages of narcotics within the cab’s back. The packages contained more than 5 pounds of heroin, worth more than $94,000; more than 15 pounds of cocaine, worth in excess of $171,000; and more than 20 pounds of meth, valued in excess of $60,000.
On Aug. 15, officers referred a 16-year-old for further inspection as she entered the U.S. through the DeConcini pedestrian lanes. The search revealed more than 2 pounds of heroin, worth almost $40,000, within her brassiere.
Officers seized the vehicle and narcotics, and turned both 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.