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CBP Officers Seize Cocaine Worth $221,000

Release Date: 
February 5, 2013

NOGALES, ARIZ.—More than 24 pounds of cocaine were seized Saturday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Mariposa Port in Nogales.

 

Hidden compartment concealing cocaine is discovered by CBP officers in Nogales, Ariz.

Hidden compartment concealing cocaine is discovered by CBP officers in Nogales, Ariz.

Officers referred Rafael Balvanedo Anaya-Arce, 37, of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for further inspection of his Chevrolet sedan when he attempted to enter the United States. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs, officers found 10 packages of cocaine throughout the vehicle.

The drugs and vehicle were processed for seizure. Anaya was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

Individuals arrested may be charged by complaint, the method by which a person is charged with criminal activity, which raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017