TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested two Mexican nationals during separate attempts to smuggle methamphetamine through the Port of Nogales on Jan. 30.
Officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing selected a Chevrolet SUV, driven by Yazmin Jhoanna Flores-Ramirez, 24, of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for further inspection. A CBP narcotics-detection canine then alerted to the presence of drugs, leading officers to find more than 19 pounds of meth, worth nearly $58,000, in the SUV’s rear bumper.
Earlier that day, officers at the Mariposa pedestrian crossing referred a 16-year-old female from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico for further inspection. An officer searched the teen and found more than three pounds of meth, worth in excess of $9,000, in the crotch of her clothing.
Officers processed the one vehicle and all 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.