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Nogales CBP Officers Intercept Marijuana, Meth in Separate Weekend Seizures

Release Date: 
November 20, 2012

Nogales, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales, Ariz. seized more than 425 pounds of marijuana as well as more than seven pounds of methamphetamine over the weekend.

Marijuana seized by CBP officers in Nogales, Ariz. was concealed in a truck loaded with pinatas.

Marijuana seized by CBP officers in Nogales, Ariz. was concealed in a truck loaded with pinatas.

Officers referred Juan Marcelo Armstrong, 24, of Tucson, for additional inspection when he attempted to enter the United States Friday afternoon. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs inside Armstrong's truck, which was loaded with a shipment of assorted piñatas, officers located and removed numerous packages of marijuana.

Earlier Friday afternoon, officers referred Pedro de Jesus Magana-Caballero, 28, of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for an inspection of his Chevrolet sedan. After a CBP canine alerted to the presence of drugs in Magana's car, officers removed a package of methamphetamine from the oil pan.

The drugs and vehicles from both cases were processed for seizure. Armstrong and Magana were arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

CBP officers in Nogales, Ariz. seize methamphetamine being concealed within the oil pan of a smuggling vehicle.

CBP officers in Nogales, Ariz. seize methamphetamine being concealed within the oil pan of a smuggling vehicle.

Individuals arrested are charged with a criminal complaint, which raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.