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CBP Officers in Nogales Seize $483K in Drugs

Release Date: 
March 17, 2015

TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers recently arrested three people connected to separate attempts to smuggle cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana through the Port of Nogales on Monday.

CBP officers located and seized more than five pounds of cocaine from the shell of a vehicle battery

CBP officers located and seized more than five pounds of cocaine from the shell of a vehicle battery.

Officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing selected a Honda sedan, driven by Jessica Gastelum-Estrada, 24, a U.S. citizen living in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for further inspection and located more than five pounds of cocaine in the vehicle’s battery. The cocaine is valued at nearly $54,000.

A short time later, officers at the Mariposa crossing referred Martin Borquez-Burrola, 30, of Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, for further inspection of his Ford SUV. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs within the flooring, officers removed packages of marijuana weighing nearly 33 pounds and valued at $16,000. They also removed five packages of methamphetamine weighing more than six pounds and worth nearly $19,000.

With the help of a CBP narcotics detection canine, officers at the Mariposa crossing seized packages of marijuana and meth that was concealed within the flooring of a smuggling vehicle

With the help of a CBP narcotics detection canine, officers at the Mariposa crossing seized packages of marijuana and meth that was concealed within the flooring of a smuggling vehicle.

Monday night, officers at the Mariposa crossing selected a Ford SUV, driven by Melesio Rivera, 64, of Tucson for further inspection. After a narcotics canine alerted to the presence of drugs within the dashboard, officers removed 14 packages of cocaine weighing nearly 38 pounds and valued at close to $394,000.

Officers processed the vehicles and drugs for seizure, and referred all three subjects to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017