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Arizona CBP Officers Seize $343k in Hard Drugs

Release Date: 
April 2, 2015

TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a pair of Mexican nationals for failed attempts to smuggle methamphetamine and heroin through the Port of Nogales.

23 packages of seized drugs sitting on top of vehicle

Nearly $253,000 worth of meth and heroin are seized by CBP officers working at the DeConcini crossing in Nogales, Ariz.

After officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing selected Brenda Patricia Carrizoza-Peralta, 30, of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for further inspection of her Ford truck on March 31, a narcotics-detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs. As a result, officers found more than six pounds of heroin, worth about $90,000, hidden within the rear axles.

Earlier today (April 1), officers at the DeConcini crossing referred a Dodge truck being driven by Ramon Orlando Rosas-Meraz, 54, of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for further inspection. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the firewall, officers located and removed 23 packages of drugs. Six of the packages contained more than 14 pounds of heroin worth more than $198,000 while 17 other packages contained more than 18 pounds of meth worth more than $54,000.

Officers processed the vehicle and drugs for seizure, and referred Carrizoza and Rosas to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017