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CBP Officers Seize Approximately $320K in Drugs

Release Date: 
November 10, 2015

TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested three Arizona women allegedly involved in separate smuggling attempts over the weekend at the Port of Nogales, resulting in the seizure of nearly 44 pounds of cocaine and methamphetamine.

More than ten pounds of meth was seized on Nov. 8, by officers at the DeConcini crossing in Nogales, Ariz.

More than ten pounds of meth was seized on Nov. 8, by officers at the DeConcini crossing in Nogales, Ariz.

Officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred Yesika Maria Leyva-Palomo, 34, of Tucson, for further inspection Nov. 6 of her Chevrolet sedan. A CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs within the vehicle’s quarter panels where officers found more than 25 pounds of cocaine worth nearly $261,000. They also found almost seven pounds of meth, worth approximately $21,000.

Earlier in the day, officers at the Morley crossing referred Margaret Kathleen Riordan, 43, of Peoria, Arizona, for further inspection. After a CBP canine alerted to the presence of drugs within the woman’s undergarments, officers found more than one pound of meth worth almost $3,100.

At the DeConcini crossing on Nov. 8, officers referred Patricia Sanchez, 34, of Phoenix, for further inspection of her KIA sedan. A canine team alerted to the vehicle’s rear seats where officers found more than 10 pounds of meth worth more than $31,000.

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

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017