TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a female Mexican national May 9 for attempting to smuggle nearly 31 pounds of cocaine, worth almost $348,000, through the Port of Nogales.
Officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred a 40-year-old woman for further inspection of her Nissan van and, with help from a CBP narcotics-detection canine, located the drugs inside the vehicle’s right wheel well.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicle, and turned the subject over 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.