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Arizona CBP Officers Seize Hard Drugs Worth Nearly $410K

Release Date: 
August 26, 2014

TUCSON, Ariz. —Two Mexican nationals and two U.S. citizens were apprehended in separate weekend incidents involving attempts to smuggle a combined 119-plus pounds of drugs into the United States.

Shoes seized by officers containing more than a pound of heroin

More than a pound of heroin was secured by officers after searching a man's shoes at the Morley Pedestrian crossing.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred a 34-year-old Mexican woman for further inspection of her Oldsmobile sedan as she attempted to enter the U.S. on Friday. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs in one of the wheel wells, officers discovered nearly 3.5 pounds of heroin worth approximately $49,000.

Officers at the DeConcini crossing arrested a 40-year-old Tucson woman Saturday after finding 76 pounds of meth hidden in her vehicle. A CBP canine assisted officers in finding 60 packages of the drug with a combined value of more than $228,000.

A 21-year-old Mexican man was also arrested Sunday after a canine team alerted officers at the Morley pedestrian crossing to 1.2 pounds of heroin, worth almost $17,000, inside the man’s shoes.

Officers at the Mariposa crossing seized more than 38 pounds of meth on Sunday, from within a smuggling vehicle.

Officers at Mariposa crossing seized more than 38 pounds of meth on Sunday, from within a smuggling vehicle.

Later in the day, officers at the Mariposa crossing referred a 39-year-old Tucson woman for further inspection of her Chevrolet SUV. A narcotics canine helped officers locate 25 packages of methamphetamine, weighing more than 38 pounds, worth nearly $116,000.

All drugs and vehicles were seized. The subjects were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017