CBP Officers Seize $3.8M Worth of Hard Drugs
TUCSON, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations, officers at the Port of Nogales seized nearly 268 pounds of heroin, fentanyl and methamphetamine since Thursday from three separate drug seizures.
CBP Officers at the Dennis DeConcini Crossing referred a 31-year-old Sahuarita woman for further inspection when she attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico early Thursday morning. Following an alert by a CBP narcotics detection canine, to a scent it was trained to detect, officers removed nearly 90 packages from throughout the woman’s Dodge sedan. The drugs were determined to be nearly 78 pounds of meth, which is worth almost $233,000; more than 18 pounds of heroin, with a value of more than $489,000; and more than four pounds of fentanyl, with a value of more than $56,000
Friday morning, officers at the Mariposa Crossing referred a Hyundai SUV for additional inspection as the 48-year-old Mexican male driver and his 43-year-old wife attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico. A canine alert led officers to the discovery of multiple packages of drugs inside of a compartment beneath the rear seat. The drugs were identified as more than 42 pounds of fentanyl, worth $573,000; nearly 83 pounds of heroin, with an estimated value of $2.2M; and nearly four pounds of meth, worth almost $11,000.
Sunday evening, officers at the Dennis DeConcini Crossing referred a 26-year-old Mexican man for a further inspection of his Infinity sedan. After a canine alert, officers removed nearly 34 pounds of meth, worth almost 102,000. They also seized nearly six pounds of fentanyl from the vehicle, worth almost $79,000.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicles. The subjects were arrested and then 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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.