NOGALES — U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations, Port of Nogales officers arrested a Tucson resident attempting to smuggle nearly 8 pounds of methamphetamine concealed in a wheelchair.
Wednesday afternoon, CBP officers at the DeConcini pedestrian crossing referred a 56-year-old man in a wheelchair for additional inspection as he attempted to enter the U.S. Following a positive alert by a CBP narcotics detection canine, officers discovered and removed three packages of methamphetamine stitched into the seat and the backrest of the man’s wheelchair.
In addition, the man had a package of meth concealed on his body. The estimated street value of the drugs was approximately $8,000.
Officers seized the drugs. The man was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.