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Arizona Border: Drugs, Guns and Flowers

08 May 2016   Customs and Border Protection

From a meth-stuffed bra to flowers for Mother’s Day, the Border Protection crews are on the job. 

Woman Stopped at Border Wearing Meth-Stuffed Bra

TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a 29-year-old Tucson woman May 5 after finding nearly $5,700 worth of methamphetamine stuffed in her bra.

After officers working at the Port of Nogales’ Dennis DeConcini pedestrian crossing questioned the woman, they referred her for a secondary inspection and found multiple packages containing nearly two pounds of the drug.

Officers seized the drugs and turned the subject over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Douglas CBP Officers Seize $56K in Marijuana

TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers at the Raul Hector Castro Port of Entry in Douglas, Arizona arrested two individuals May 5 in separate incidents for attempting to smuggle a more than 112 pounds of marijuana into the United States.

Officers first referred a 20-year-old male U.S. citizen, living in neighboring Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico, for a secondary inspection of the Ford Mustang he was driving. During the inspection, a CBP narcotics-detection canine alert led officers to discover more than 60 packages of marijuana, weighing nearly 110 pounds and worth almost $55,000, in the vehicle’s rocker panels.

Later in the morning, officers working the pedestrian crossing referred a 27-year-old Douglas woman for secondary questioning. During a search of the subject, officers removed multiple packages of marijuana from her upper torso. The drugs weighed nearly three pounds and are valued at more than $1,400.

Officers seized the vehicle and all drugs, and turned both subjects over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Binational Operation Nets $12.5M in Pot, 467 Arrests

TUCSON, Ariz. – The Tucson Sector Border Patrol, supported by Air and Marine Operations, participated in a binational operation with Mexico between April 17 – 30 that resulted in the arrest of 467 subjects and the seizure of 25,000 pounds of marijuana valued at approximately $12.5 million.

Operation "Double Threat" (U.S.) and "Relampago Azul" (Mexico), coordinated by the Tucson Sector’s Foreign Operations Branch, involved mirrored patrol operations designed to disrupt and dismantle transnational criminal organizations operating on both sides of the border.

Authorities used a targeted enforcement approach to focus on illegal activities in high-traffic areas around Nogales. Throughout the operation, U.S. officials analyzed traffic trends and patterns in coordination with Mexican authorities and deployed assets based on joint risk assessments.

In addition to the drug seizures and arrests, the operation resulted in a 44 percent drop in illegal entries in the area of Nogales, Arizona; identification of 11 stolen vehicles found in Mexico; and the seizure of $250,000 in U.S. currency and $16,392 worth of Mexican pesos. Mexican authorities made a major contribution with regard to these seizures.

"The binational operation shows how the integration of information and mirrored enforcement can further secure our borders," said Tucson Sector Chief Paul Beeson. "Some of these drugs were seized in Mexico before they even had a chance to cross the border and further endanger our communities. Our ability to work in a coordinated fashion with our law enforcement partners in Mexico contributes to a safer border environment for us all."

CBP Officers Confiscate $272K in Hard Drugs 

TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested three people during separate attempts to smuggle nearly 30 pounds of cocaine and methamphetamine through the Port of Nogales on May 3.

Officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred a 32-year-old Tucson woman for further inspection of her Volkswagen and found more than 20 pounds of cocaine, worth almost $230,000, in the rear quarter panels.

Earlier in the afternoon, officers at the Morley pedestrian crossing referred a 25-year-old Mexican woman for a further search. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs, officers removed more than four pounds of meth, valued at more than $12,000, found wrapped around the woman’s calves.

Officers at the DeConcini pedestrian crossing found nearly 3 pounds of cocaine, worth almost $30,000, taped around the legs of a 22-year-old Nogales, Arizona man after a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the drugs.

CBP officers seized the drugs and vehicle, and turned the subjects over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Have Guns, Will ‘Not’ Travel…to Mexico

TUCSON, Ariz. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested one man May 4 for attempting to smuggle three handguns – with magazines – into Mexico through the Port of Nogales.

Officers selected an southbound Audi Crossover, driven by a 37-year-old Mexican national, for a secondary inspection and found two 9 mm Berettas and a .38-caliber Colt hidden under the vehicle’s front seat.

Officers seized the vehicle and contraband, and referred the subject to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.   

CBP Agriculture Specialists at Arizona Ports Ensure Mother’s Day Flowers are Disease, Pest Free

Tucson, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists working at Arizona’s ports of entry were busy this week making sure that personal and commercial importations of Mother’s Day flowers are free from insects, pests and diseases that could harm U.S. agricultural and floral industries.

“Mother’s Day is another time of year when our CBP agriculture specialists see an increase in floral imports,” said Tracy Filippi, agriculture specialist and program manager for the Tucson Field Office. “We strongly encourage the public to consult the CBP website before importing floral arrangements so they know which flowers are allowed and which are prohibited or restricted.”

CBP suggests those who plan to import flowers and plants from Mexico to advise their florist that the arrangements are destined for U.S. delivery. Some prohibited flowers and plant materials commonly found in floral arrangements include gladiolas, chrysanthemums and choysia (a floral filler), due to pest risk.

“While a relatively small number of harmful pests are found among the millions of stems inspected by CBP,” explained Filippi, “a single dangerous pest could cause millions of dollars in damage to our nation’s crops.”

Consult the “CBP Info Center” section on the CBP website before traveling with plants.

Travelers should also declare all items acquired abroad to CBP officers to avoid civil or criminal penalties.

Traditionally, Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day and the Easter holiday weekend are times when CBP agriculture specialists are busiest inspecting floral arrangements. At international ports of entry, land borders, and international mail facilities, CBP agriculture specialists are the front line in the fight against the introduction of insects, pests and diseases into the United States.