Busy Week for Drug Smuggling at Port of Nogales
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 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.
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.