Nogales CBP Officers Seize Hard Drugs
TUCSON, Ariz. –U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Nogales apprehended a U.S. citizen and a Mexican national involved in separate failed attempts to smuggle more than $1.2M worth of methamphetamine and heroin into the United States Thursday.
Officers working at the Dennis DeConcini Crossing referred a 32-year-old Mexican man for further inspection of his Dodge truck early in the morning. A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to an odor it was trained to detect, resulting in drugs being identified in multiple places within his vehicle. More than 47 pounds of heroin, worth more than $824,000; and more than 59 pounds of meth, worth more than $177,000 were found within the rear quarter panels, firewall, and spare tire.
Officers at the DeConcini Crossing also referred a 33-year-old Tucson woman for a further inspection. A canine alert led to the discovery of more than 79 pounds of meth, worth more than $238,000, within the doors and firewall of her Ford truck.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicle, and turned both arrested subjects over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
“CBP Officers conduct outbound examinations of passengers and cargo leaving the country in an effort to stop guns, ammunition and unreported currency from being smuggled out of the country,” said Edwin Cruz, San Juan Area Port Director. “The unreported cash that we seize has an impact on the criminal organizations by making it more difficult for them to further their illicit activities.”
On Mar. 9, CBP Officers selected a Ford F-800 truck, with Puerto Rico license plates, for an intensive examination after a preliminary non-intrusive inspection revealed certain anomalies.
The CBP officers off loaded the cargo and scanned each TV box individually. When opened, bundles containing US currency appeared.
CBP officers seized the currency and detained the driver.
Travelers can carry any amount of currency or monetary instruments into or out of the U.S. However, if the quantity is $10,000 or higher, they must formally report the currency to CBP. Failure to report may result in seizure of the currency and/or arrest.
While anti-terrorism is the primary mission of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the inspection process at the ports of entry associated with this mission results in impressive numbers of enforcement actions in all categories.
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.
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