Tucson Sector Customs and Border Protection officers crossed a sector record with the seizure of nearly 700 pounds of methamphetamine at an Arizona port of entry last week.
Officers assigned to the Mariposa Cargo Facility searched a tractor-trailer after a K-9 detection team alerted to an odor, according to information obtained from Tucson Sector CBP officials. The search led to the discovery of false floor compartments in the trailer that had been loaded with tomatoes and bell peppers.
Inside the compartments, officers found more than 600 packages of drugs. Officers determined the drugs to be approximately 690 pounds of methamphetamine worth an estimated $690,000. Officials said this is a record meth seizure for any Arizona port of entry.
The officers arrested the 34-year-old Mexican national and seized the tractor-trailer and drugs. Officers turned the driver over to ICE Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation.
“CBP Officers are focused on our highest priorities which includes stopping the flow of hard narcotics such as methamphetamine and opioids from entering our country,” Area Port Director Michael Humphries said in a written statement. “Our officers prevented these dangerous drugs from causing devastation to families and ultimately saving many lives, not only in our community but throughout the United States.”
ICE HSI Nogales Assistant Special Agent in Charge Juan Mariscal added, ““As proud partners of CBP, we stand ready to investigate drug seizures discovered at the ports of entry by those who are uniquely qualified in stopping attempts of illicit drugs from entering the United States. HSI remains dedicated to working with our law enforcement partners to keep our communities safe.”
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