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CBP Officers Intercept $1.15 Million in Meth

Release Date: 
October 25, 2012

Nogales, Ariz. - More than 74 pounds of methamphetamine was seized in three separate incidents yesterday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry. The drugs had a combined value of $1,150,000.

The first seizure occurred after officers referred a 50-year-old Sierra Vista, Ariz. woman for additional questioning and a vehicle search when she attempted to enter the United States. A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs in the vehicle's fuel tank where officers found 12 packages of crystal meth weighing nearly 19 pounds.

CBP officers in Nogales, Ariz. locate 12 packages of methamphetamine inside gas tank.

CBP officers in Nogales, Ariz. locate 12 packages of methamphetamine inside gas tank.

A couple of hours later, a 31-year-old Nogales, Sonora, Mexico man was selected for additional inspection of his Ford truck when he attempted to enter the U.S. Again a CBP canine alerted to the presence of drugs, helping officers to locate 20 packages of meth weighing almost 29 pounds.

A third seizure occurred last night after a 20-year-old Mexican national man living in Tucson was referred for additional inspection of his Chevrolet truck and a CBP canine alerted to drugs in the truck's tank. Officers found 20 packages of methamphetamine weighing more than 26 pounds.

In each incident, the drugs and vehicles were processed for seizure. The subjects were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

Individuals arrested are charged with a criminal complaint, which raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017