January 22, 2014
NOGALES – Three Mexican nationals were caught in separate incidents during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday for attempting to smuggle a combined 55-plus pounds of cocaine and methamphetamine into the United States.
Officers from U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Field Operations at the Port of Nogales commercial facility referred a 52-year old Mexican man for further inspection of the tractor-trailer and shipment of watermelons he was hauling Monday. During the inspection, officers found more than 24 pounds of methamphetamine, worth nearly $378,000, inside the vehicle’s air suspension bags.
Earlier Monday, a 57-year old Mexican man was referred for additional inspection of his Honda SUV at the Mariposa Port. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs between the vehicle’s dashboard and firewall, officers located more than 14 pounds of cocaine and nearly six pounds of methamphetamine. The drugs had a combined value exceeding $215,000.
Sunday, officers at the Dennis DeConcini Port referred a 48-year old Mexican woman for further inspection of her Chevrolet sedan. A narcotics detection canine alerted officers to more than 11 pounds of methamphetamine, worth more than $174,500, behind the front bumper.
The drugs and vehicles were seized. The subjects were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
Individuals arrested may be charged by complaint, the method by which a person is charged with criminal activity, which raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.