NOGALES, ARIZ.—A Tucson woman was arrested Thursday at the Port of Nogales for attempting to smuggle nearly 21 pounds of heroin and methamphetamine into the United States.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred Cynthia Teresa Flores, 24, for an additional inspection of her Nissan sedan at the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs behind the dashboard, officers removed three packages of heroin weighing nearly four pounds and worth more than $52,000. In addition, officers removed 12 packages of meth weighing nearly 17 pounds and valued in excess of $262,000.
The drugs and vehicle were processed for seizure. Flores was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
CBP's Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Homeland Security tasked with an anti-terrorism mission. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes narcotics interdiction; enforcing immigration and trade laws; and protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.
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.