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CBP Officers Seize Hard Drugs Worth $97K

Release Date: 
May 13, 2014

NOGALES, Ariz. - A Tucson resident and a Mexican national were arrested Friday for separate smuggling attempts through the Port of Nogales.

CBP officers from the Port of Nogales seized nearly three pounds of heroin and 15 pounds of meth from within a compartment within the trunk of a smuggling vehicleU.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing selected a Nissan sedan, driven by Geovanna Carrillo-Valencia, 34, of Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, for further inspection following a positive alert by a CBP narcotics detection canine. During the search, officers removed 18 packages of drugs from a non-factory compartment in the trunk. Two of the packages contained nearly three pounds of heroin valued at $39,000; while 16 packages contained approximately 15 pounds of methamphetamine worth almost $45,000.The passenger in a vehicle attempting to cross through the Port of Nogales is determined to have nearly $13,000 worth of methamphetamine strapped around her upper body

Later that day, officers at the DeConcini crossing referred a Ford Mustang for further inspection and questioning of a 24-year-old passenger. During questioning, officers learned the passenger, Andrea Marie Moreno, was carrying more than four pounds of methamphetamine, worth nearly $13,000, stashed around her upper torso.

The vehicle and drugs were processed for seizure. Carrillo and Moreno were referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.