CBP Officers Seize $353K in Meth at Port of Nogales
TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Nogales seized a combined $353,000 worth of methamphetamine during two incidents Monday.
Officers working with a canine at the Dennis DeConcini crossing Monday morning found almost 66 pounds of meth, worth an estimated $198,000, inside the door panel of a Mazda van driven by a 21-year-old woman from Apache Junction, Arizona.
A few hours later, officers working at the Mariposa crossing, again with a narcotics-detection canine, referred a 25-year-old Mexican woman driving a Volkswagen sedan for further inspection and discovered almost 52 pounds of meth, worth nearly $155,000, in the vehicle’s trunk.
Officers seized the narcotics and vehicles involved. Both subjects were arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
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.