TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Nogales arrested two Mexican nationals during separate incidents Monday for attempting to smuggle a combined 37 pounds of hard drugs worth an estimated $193,000.
Officers working with a narcotics-detection canine found more than 19 pounds of methamphetamine and over an ounce of heroin in a Chevrolet sedan, driven by a 47-year-old Mexican man attempting to enter the U.S. through the Mariposa crossing Monday morning. The drugs have a combined value of almost $59,000.
Monday afternoon, officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred a 26-year-old Mexican woman for a secondary search of her Ford truck. A CBP canine subsequently helped officers locate nearly 10 pounds of cocaine and over 8 pounds of meth, worth close to $134,000 combined.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicles, 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.