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CBP Officers Seize $237K in Drugs at Nogales Port

Release Date: 
September 20, 2016

TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested three Mexican nationals on Sept. 17 involved in separate attempts to smuggle a combined $237,000-worth of heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine through the Port of Nogales.

Officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred a 24-year-old woman from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for a secondary inspection of her Dodge sedan. After a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the vehicle, officers found more than 30 pounds of meth worth in excess of $91,000.  

Later that day, officers at the DeConcini crossing located nearly 24 pounds of meth, valued at almost $72,000, and just under .75 pounds of heroin worth more than $12,000. Officers discovered the drugs in the back wall of a Dodge truck driven by a 78-year-old man from Ures, Sonora, Mexico.

A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted officers to the location of 123 pounds of marijuana within the flooring of a smuggling vehicle
A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted
officers to the presence of 123 pounds of
marijuana that was stashed within the
floorboards of a smuggling vehicle

A third seizure occurred a short time later at the Mariposa crossing involving a 24-year-old woman from Santa Ana, Sonora, Mexico. A positive alert by a CBP narcotics-detection canine led to the discovery of close to 123 pounds of marijuana, worth more than $61,000, concealed within the floors of a Nissan sedan.

Officers seized all drugs and vehicles used in the smuggling attempts, and turned the subjects over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017