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Arizona CBP Officers Find Cocaine in Engine Compartment

Release Date: 
August 22, 2014

TUCSON, Ariz. – A 32-year-old Avondale, Arizona, woman was arrested Wednesday for attempting to smuggle $206,000 worth of cocaine and unreported U.S. currency through the Port of Nogales.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Dennis Deconcini crossing were inspecting a Mercury SUV, driven by Paola Dena, when they found nearly 16 pounds of cocaine and a package containing $6,000 in the vehicle’s firewall.

Officers seized the drugs and vehicle, and referred Dena to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021