Border Report

Nogales CBP Officers find drug in shoes, private area

Customs and Border Protection officers arrested two people Aug. 8 for their alleged involvement in separate smuggling attempts at the Port of Nogales.

Officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred a 33-year-old Tucson woman for further inspection when she entered the U.S. through a pedestrian lane. After a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs under her clothing, officers found more than a quarter of a pound of cocaine, worth nearly $3,000, hidden in a body cavity.

A few hours later at the Morley pedestrian crossing, officers referred an 18-year-old male Nogales, Arizona resident for further inspection and found more than a pound of heroin, worth a little more than $20,700, shaped as an insole within the subject’s shoes.

CBP officers seized all drugs and turned both suspects over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Federal law allows officers to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows the filing of charges for criminal activity without inferring guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

CBP’s Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Homeland Security tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation’s ports. 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 carrying out border-related duties, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation’s food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.

Two U.S. citizens arrested in attempt to smuggle 40 pounds of methamphetamine

An adult male U.S. citizen and a 17-year-old male were taken into custody after the vehicle they occupied attempted to pass through a Border Patrol immigration checkpoint on I-8, east of Yuma, yesterday morning.

A canine detection team alerted to the vehicle at the checkpoint, prompting a secondary inspection. Agents then discovered 40 pounds of methamphetamine, worth more than $122,000, hidden in the vehicle.

The occupants, vehicle and drugs will be processed per Yuma Sector guidelines.

Nogales CBP Officers Uncover Almost $301K in Drugs

Customs and Border Protection officers arrested three Mexican nationals involved in separate weekend attempts to smuggle more than $300,000 in methamphetamine and marijuana through the Port of Nogales.

The first incident occurred early Aug. 6 when officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing found nearly 58 pounds of meth, worth almost $173,000, concealed inside the back bumper of a Buick SUV driven by a 29-year-old resident of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico.

On Aug. 7, CBP officers working with a narcotics-detection canine at the DeConcini crossing located more than 32 pounds of meth, worth in excess of $96,000, within the cab and dashboard of a Chevy truck driven by a 34-year-old man from Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico.

Earlier in another Chevy truck, officers and a canine at the Nogales West Mariposa crossing discovered more than 65 pounds of marijuana, worth almost $33,000, in the vehicle’s gas tank. Officers identified the driver as a 30-year-old woman from Santa Ana, Sonora, Mexico.

Officers seized the narcotics and vehicles, and turned the subjects over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.