TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a pair of Mexican nationals during separate weekend attempts to smuggle methamphetamine and cocaine through the Port of Nogales.
Officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing on Jan. 9 selected a Chevrolet sedan, driven by Rogelio Castrol-Garcia, 33, from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for further inspection. After a narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs, officers found nearly 13 pounds of cocaine, worth an estimated $133,000, in the car’s dashboard.
On Jan. 10, officers at the DeConcini crossing referred Javier Acosta-Borbon, 48, of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for further inspection of his Buick sedan and discovered more than 25 pounds of methamphetamine, valued in excess of $76,000, in the dashboard and rear bumper.
Officers processed the vehicles and drugs for seizure, and referred both subjects 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.