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