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Nogales CBP Officers Seize $235K in Meth, Heroin

Release Date: 
July 24, 2014

NOGALES, Ariz. –Two individuals were apprehended in separate incidents this week for attempting to smuggle methamphetamine and heroin with a combined value estimated at $235,000.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the DeConcini crossing selected a 34-year-old Mexican national for further questioning as he attempted to enter the United States in a Honda sedan Tuesday. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs, officers found nearly $50,000 worth of methamphetamine in the vehicle’s spare tire.

The day before, officers at the same crossing selected a 23-year old Mexican national, for further questioning as he attempted to enter the United States in a Chevrolet sedan. A drug detection canine then alerted officers to 13 pounds of heroin, valued at nearly $185,000, concealed within the vehicle’s frame.

Both men were referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. Their vehicles and drugs were seized.