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CBP Officers Seize $1.3M in Drugs at Nogales Port

Release Date: 
August 1, 2017

TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Nogales seized more than 1,675 pounds of marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin during multiple weekend incidents.

The rear cargo area of a smuggling vehicle was where officers located a combination of meth, heroin and cocaine
The rear cargo area of a smuggling
vehicle was where officers located a
combination of meth, heroin and
cocaine

Friday evening, officers at the DeConcini crossing referred a 37-year-old Mexican woman for further inspection of her Mazda SUV when she attempted to enter the United States. When a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the rear cargo area, officers discovered more than 19 pounds of heroin, valued in excess of $335,000; more than 6 pounds of meth, worth approximately $18,000; and close to 6 pounds of cocaine, valued at more than $64,000.

Early Saturday, officers at the Mariposa cargo facility referred a 37-year-old Mexican man for further inspection of his tractor-trailer. A CBP canine alerted to the shipment, identified as wooden spools of cable, which included more than 1,600 pounds of marijuana within the spools, valued in excess of $800,000.

On Sunday, officers working with a CBP narcotics-detection canine at the Dennis DeConcini crossing searched a Ford SUV, driven by a 27-year-old woman from Nogales, Arizona, and found multiple packages in the vehicle’s front fender. The packages contained almost 18 pounds of meth, worth close to $54,000, and 3 pounds of heroin worth nearly $51,000.

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

Last modified: 
August 2, 2017