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Arizona CBP Officers Seize $396K of Cocaine in Vehicle

Release Date: 
August 26, 2014

TUCSON, Ariz. – A 54-year-old Mexican man was arrested Saturday for attempting to smuggle approximately 38 pounds of cocaine hrough the Port of Naco.

Non-factory compartment inside of drug smuggling vehicle

CBP officers assigned to the Port of Naco located and seized 15 packages of cocaine from within a non-factory compartment inside of a drug smuggling vehicle.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred a Mazda SUV driven by Jose Luis Felix-Vega for further inspection and found 15 packages of cocaine. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs, officers found the stash in a non-factory compartment within the passenger-side wheel well.

Officers estimated the value of the drugs at $396,000. Officers seized the drugs and vehicle, and referred Felix to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017