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Nogales CBP Officers Seize More Than $226K in Hard Drugs

Release Date: 
August 28, 2014

TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a man from Mexico and a woman from Nogales, Arizona, during separate attempts to smuggle methamphetamine and cocaine through the Port of Nogales earlier this week.

CBP officers and a narcotics detection canine at the Dennis DeConcini crossing located nearly 17 pounds of methamphetamine and five pounds of cocaine hidden in a Honda minivan, driven by Karen Lizabeth Almada, 25, of Nogales, during a secondary inspection Monday night. The narcotics, found in a rear quarter-panel, had a combined value exceeding $183,000.

Officers at the Mariposa crossing, searching a Ford SUV driven by Jose Alfredo Valencia-Dominguez, 29, of Sonora, Mexico, found more than 14 pounds of methamphetamine Tuesday after a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the vehicle’s rear seats. Officers estimated the value at more than $43,000.

Officers processed the vehicles and drugs for seizure, and referred both subjects to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.