According to a CBP press release dated August 28, 2012, Customs and Border Protection agents in Nogales, Arizona, using a drug sensing canine which alerted to a non-factory floor compartment in a vehicle at the Dennis DeConcini Port Friday, CBP officers found more than 36 pounds of cocaine, worth close to $332,000, and approximately 37 pounds of methamphetamine, valued at $578,000.
Officers referred Silvia Guadalupe Cantu Espinoza, 46, of Magdalena, Sonora, Mexico, and her passengers for additional inspection when they attempted to enter the United States. Officers removed 26 packages of methamphetamine and 15 packages of cocaine from the vehicle.
Espinoza’s Chrysler sedan and drugs were seized. She was arrested and turned over to 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.
Nogales, Arizona, borders the city of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, and is Arizona’s largest international border town. The southern terminus of Interstate 19 is located in Nogales at the U.S.-Mexico border; the highway then continues south into Mexico as Mexico Federal Highway.
Nogales is home to four International Ports of Entry, including the Morley Pedestrian Port of Entry, Dennis Deconcini Pedestrian and Passenger Vehicle Port of Entry, Nogales International Airport, and the Mariposa Port of Entry with up to 20 inspection lanes when the $200 million upgrade is finished. The new Nogales-Mariposa Port of Entry will have 12 passenger vehicle inspection lanes and 8 commercial inspection lanes. Due to its ideal location on the border and its major ports of entry, Nogales funnels $26 billion dollars worth of international trade into Arizona and the United States a year in fresh produce and manufactured goods from Mexico and the world through the deep sea port in Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico. This trade helps to support thousands of jobs and the overall economies in Ambos Nogales and throughout the American state of Arizona and the Mexican state of Sonora.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control, and protection of our Nation’s borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.