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Busy Weekend for CBP Officers in Nogales

Release Date: 
April 16, 2019

TUCSON, Ariz. – Office of Field Operations officers at the Port of Nogales seized cocaine, Fentanyl, Heroin, and Methamphetamine and arrested six individuals for attempted drug smuggling during the weekend.

On Friday night, CBP officers at the Dennis DeConcini Crossing referred a 28-year-old Tucson woman for further inspection when she attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico through a pedestrian lane.  Officers searched the woman and discovered one package of fentanyl hidden internally, weighing more than half a pound. The drugs are worth an estimated $7,200.

Officers discovered a single package of fentanyl hidden within a body cavity
Officers discovered a
single package of fentanyl
hidden within a body
cavity

Minutes earlier, officers at the Mariposa Crossing encountered a 29-year-old Mexican national and referred him and his vehicle for inspection.  During the search, the man was found to have approximately 23 pounds of methamphetamine, 7 pounds of cocaine, 2 pounds of heroin, and more than one pound of fentanyl hidden in the speaker box of his Chevy truck. The drugs have an estimated value of $600,000. (No Photo)

Earlier that same night, CBP officers referred a 29-year-old Mexican woman and her female passenger, also a Mexican national, for inspection.  After a canine alerted to the Ford sedan she was driving, officers discovered nearly 10 packages of cocaine in the fuel tank, weighing almost 25 pounds.  The drugs are worth approximately $600,000.

Officers located packages of cocaine inside the fuel tank of a smuggling vehicle
Officers located packages of
cocaine inside the fuel tank of a
smuggling vehicle

On Saturday evening, CBP officers referred a 37-year-old Mexican national for secondary inspection when he attempted to enter the U.S. through the Mariposa Crossing.  A combination of drugs were located beneath the rear seats during the inspection. The drugs were identified as nearly 74 pounds of heroin and 50 pounds of fentanyl.  The seizure is worth more than $2.6 million.

The heroin and fentanyl were discovered beneath the rear seats of a smuggling vehicle
The heroin and fentanyl were
discovered beneath the rear seats of a
smuggling vehicle

Sunday, a 17-year-old attempted to enter the U.S. through the DeConcini Pedestrian Crossing.  Officers referred him in for further inspection and discovered two heroin packages taped to his thighs weighing nearly a pound and a half.  The drugs are worth almost $40,000.

Officers discovered two packages of heroin strapped around the thighs of a body carrier
Officers discovered two packages
of heroin strapped around the
thighs of a body carrier

Officers seized the drugs and vehicles. The subjects were arrested and then turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and Drug Enforcement Agency.  

Last modified: 
April 16, 2019