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CBP Officers Arrest Two for Drug Smuggling

Release Date: 
July 12, 2018

TUCSON, Ariz. –U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Nogales arrested 2 U.S. citizens involved in connections with separate failed attempts to smuggle heroin and methamphetamine into the United States Tuesday, worth nearly $178,000.

CBP officers at the Dennis DeConcini Crossing referred a 41-year-old man for further inspection of his Chevrolet sedan. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to a scent it is trained to detect, officers found nearly 50 packages of meth throughout the vehicle. The drugs weighed more than 51 pounds, worth in excess of $153,000.

Officers located packages of meth throughout a smuggling vehicle
Officers located packages of meth
throughout a smuggling vehicle

CBP officers at the pedestrian lanes at the Mariposa Crossing referred a 40-year-old woman for further inspection on Tuesday afternoon. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to a scent it is trained to detect, officers found 2 packages strapped around her midsection. One of the packages contained just more than a pound of meth, worth nearly $3,300, while the other package contained more than a pound of heroin, worth in excess of $21,000.

Officers discovered two packages of drugs strapped to a woman's body, when she attempted to cross at the Mariposa Crossing
Officers discovered two packages of
drugs strapped to a woman's body,
when she attempted to cross at the
Mariposa Crossing

   

Officers seized the drugs as well as the vehicle. Both subjects were arrested and then turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Last modified: 
July 12, 2018