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CBP Officers Seize Cocaine Worth Nearly $157,000

Release Date: 
July 18, 2012

Nogales, Ariz. - An 18-year-old male Mexican national was arrested Tuesday for attempting to smuggle more than 17 pounds of cocaine into the United States through the Dennis DeConcini port.

CBP officers in Nogales, Ariz. seize more than 17 pounds of cocaine.

CBP officers in Nogales, Ariz. seize more than 17 pounds of cocaine.

Customs and Border Protection officers discovered the drugs, worth an estimated $157,000, concealed inside a non-factory compartment of his Nissan sedan after a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the vehicle.

The subject was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations. The drugs and vehicle were seized.

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017