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CBP Officers Seize $530K in Hard Drugs

Release Date: 
December 8, 2015

TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested two U.S. citizens and a Mexican national allegedly involved in separate weekend smuggling attempts at the Port of Nogales, resulting in the seizure of nearly 63 pounds of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine.

Officers at the DeConcini crossing discovered and seized more than 15 pounds of heroin from a hidden compartment hidden by the spare tire

Officers at the DeConcini crossing discovered and seized more than 15 pounds of heroin from a hidden compartment hidden by the spare tire.

Officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred Juan Andres Gonzalez, 39, of Tucson, for further inspection of his Ford truck on Dec. 6. A CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs that turned out to be more than 15 pounds of heroin worth nearly $214,000.

On Dec. 5, officers at the DeConcini crossing referred Clemente Cota-Quintero, 42, of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for further inspection of his Buick SUV. After a CBP canine alerted to the presence of drugs behind the vehicle’s glove compartment, officers found more than 23 pounds of cocaine worth almost $243,000.

Later that day at the DeConcini crossing, officers referred Andrea Medina, 34, of Tucson, for further inspection of her Fiat sedan. A canine team alerted to the dash area where officers found more than 24 pounds of meth worth nearly $73,000.

CBP officers seized all drugs and turned the suspects over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017