Nogales CBP Officers Nab Cocaine Smuggler

A Mexican national was arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Nogales for attempting to smuggle cocaine into the United States Thursday, worth more than $643,000.

A 27-year-old Mexican man was referred by CBP officers at the Dennis DeConcini Crossing 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.