Tucson, Ariz.- U.S.Customs and Border Protection officers arrested three people involved in separate weekend attempts to smuggle a combined $565,000 worth of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine through the Port of Nogales.
Offices at the Mariposa crossing referred a 53-year-old man from Sapopan, Jalisco, Mexico, for a secondary inspection of his Volkswagen sedan on Dec. 2. After officers found 5 pounds of cocaine worth $60,000, as well as 4 pounds of heroin valued at $75,000, in the dashboard.
Officers working with CBP canines made two seizures on Dec. 4, beginning with nearly 30 pounds of cocaine, worth approximately $300,000,and nearly 8 pounds of methamphetamine, worth $20,000, seized from a 27-year-old man from Magdalena, Jalisco, Sonora, Mexico, when he attempted to enter through the Mariposa crossing in a Honda van.
A short time later, officers seized nearly 30 pounds of methamphetamine, worth more than$80,000, and nearly 3 pounds of cocaine, $30,000, from a 23-year-old man residing in Nogales, Arizona, as a Permanent Resident Alien. He was stopped at the Dennis DeConcinii crossing driving a Volkswagen sedan.
Officers seized all drugs and vehicles used in the smuggling attempts, and turned the subjects over to U.S. Immigration 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.