NOGALES, ARIZ.—Three women were arrested Tuesday during two separate attempts to smuggle more than $130,000 worth of heroin and methamphetamine.
Customs and Border Protection officers at the Nogales port first arrested two adult female Mexican nationals, traveling with minor children, and seized a 2000 Jeep after they attempted to enter the United States with nearly 7 pounds of heroin valued at almost $94,000.
Just before midnight, a CBP officer stationed at the DeConcini pedestrian crossing referred a 48-year-old Tucson woman for additional questioning. The woman was subsequently searched and officers discovered three packages of methamphetamine weighing more than 2 pounds and valued at more than $36,000.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations took custody of the three women.
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.