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Arizona CBP Officers Seize Loads of Marijuana and Methamphetamines

Release Date: 
May 6, 2011

Nogales, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Port of Nogales seized three loads of marijuana and two shipments of methamphetamines with a combined estimated value of $1.79 million and arrested five individuals connected to five separate failed drug smuggling attempts on May 3.

Tractor trailer of tomatoes loaded with 3,300 lbs. of marijuana

Tractor trailer of tomatoes loaded with 3,300 lbs. of marijuana

CBP Acting Nogales Port Director Craig Hope lauded the efforts of CBP officers for their dedication and commitment to preventing dangerous narcotics from entering into U.S. neighborhoods.

"Smugglers test our people every day and our CBP officers rise to meet that challenge each and every time," he said. "Our officers repeatedly demonstrate their dedication and commitment."

At approximately 7:00 a.m., a 59-year-old Mexican female attempted to enter the United States through a Mariposa port vehicle lane and was referred for a secondary inspection, after a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the vehicle. Further inspection yielded the discovery of 59 packages of marijuana hidden inside several of the vehicle's tires. The marijuana weighed more than 56 pounds with an estimated value of more than $28,000. The woman was taken into custody and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) for further investigation.

At approximately 11:30 a.m., a 22-year-old Mexican female attempted to enter the United States through the pedestrian entrance at the Dennis DeConcini Port. The subject was referred for a secondary inspection after a CBP officer observed suspicious behavior. Further inspection yielded the discovery of one package of methamphetamines strapped to her waist. The narcotics weighed more than one pound with an estimated value of $21,000. The woman was taken into custody and turned over to ICE-HSI for further investigation.

At approximately 2:30 p.m., a 55-year-old Mexican male attempted to enter the United States through a vehicle lane and was referred for a secondary inspection. A more intensive inspection was conducted after CBP officers observe discrepancies with the vehicle. Subsequently, CBP officers discovered 22 packages of marijuana hidden inside the vehicle's gas tank. The narcotics weighed more than 44 pounds with an estimated value of more than $22,000. The driver was taken into custody and turned over to ICE-HSI for further investigation.

At approximately 2:45 p.m., a 38-year-old Mexican male, driving a tractor trailer loaded with tomatoes, attempted to enter the United States and was referred for a secondary inspection. During further inspection, CBP officers discovered 140 bundles of marijuana comingled with the produce. The narcotics weighed more than 3,300 pounds and had an estimated value of $1.68 million. The driver was taken into custody and turned over to ICE-HSI for further investigation.

At approximately 3:00 p.m., a 29-year-old Mexican male attempted to enter the United States through the Morley pedestrian crossing, where an officer referred him for inspection. During the search, officers discovered a package of methamphetamine strapped to his body. CBP officers seized more than two pounds of the narcotic, with an estimated value of almost $38,000. The man was arrested and turned over to ICE-HIS.

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017