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Nogales CBP Officers Seize More Than $479K in Hard Drugs

Release Date: 
May 19, 2014

NOGALES, Ariz. — Cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine were seized during separate smuggling attempts at the Port of Nogales this past weekend.  

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred a 28-year-old woman from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico for further questioning and a secondary inspection of the Chevrolet sedan she was driving Friday. Inside the vehicle, officers found nearly 13 pounds of heroin, worth close to $178,500, and close to 10 pounds of meth worth almost 30,000.

At the same location Saturday night, officers referred a 48-year-old man from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico for further inspection of his Nissan truck. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs, officers located 23 pounds of meth – worth nearly $70,000 – in a spare tire.

Officers at the DeConcini crossing on Sunday found 19 pounds of cocaine, worth more than $200,000, on a 26-year-old man from Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.

All drugs and vehicles were seized. The subjects were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.