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Busy Week for Drug Smuggling at Port of Nogales

Release Date: 
October 21, 2016

TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested four individuals involved in separate attempts this week to sneak approximately $655,000 worth of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine through the Port of Nogales.

Officers seized a combination of meth, cocaine and heroin from within a sedan being driven by a 31-year-old Mexican national
Officers seized a combination of meth,
cocaine and heroin from within a sedan
being driven by a 31-year-old Mexican
national

Officers working with a CBP narcotics-detection canine team at the Dennis DeConcini crossing Oct.19 seized more than $403,000 worth of cocaine, weighing nearly 32 pounds, and heroin, weighing close to three pounds, from a 22-year-old Mexican man after finding the drugs in his Jeep SUV.

Earlier that morning, officers working with a canine at the DeConcini crossing located almost $164,000 in meth, cocaine and heroin in a Nissan sedan driven by a 31-year-old man from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico.

Later that afternoon, a 24-year-old Tucson man was attempting to cross into the United States through the DeConcini pedestrian lanes when officers referred him for further inspection and found approximately $31,000 worth of cocaine in his groin area.

Officers arrested a 50-year-old Mexican woman after finding $57K worth of cocaine wrapped around her midsection
Officers arrested a 50-year-old Mexican
woman after finding $57K worth of
cocaine wrapped around her midsection

On Oct. 18, officers at the DeConcini pedestrian lanes referred a 50-year-old Mexican woman for further inspection and, thanks to a drug canine’s alert, discovered more than $57,000 worth of cocaine wrapped around her midsection.

Officers seized all drugs and vehicles involved, and turned the subjects over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017