U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Nogales arrested a Mexican national for attempting to smuggle cocaine into the United States Thursday, worth more than $643,000 according to a recent press release.
In addition, Border Patrol agent’s seized $1,893,760.00 at a Rio Grande Valley checkpoint on Thursday.
At Arizona’s Port of Nogales, CBP officers working the Dennis DeConcini Crossing referred a 27-year-old Mexican man for further inspection of his Ford SUV he was driving Thursday morning. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to a scent it was trained to detect, officers removed multiple packages of cocaine from the rocker panels. The drugs weighed almost 27 pounds, with an estimated value of more than $643,000.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicle. The subject was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
In a separate case, Border Patrol agents working the Sarita Checkpoint in along the southern border in Texas referred a Ford dually to the secondary inspection area after a K-9 alerted. During the secondary inspection, agents discovered nearly 60 pounds of cocaine worth $1,893,760.00.
Agents arrested the United States citizen driver and referred the case for prosecution.