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CBP Officers Seize More than $178K in Meth, Cocaine

Release Date: 
June 6, 2013

NOGALES, ARIZ.—A local woman and a young teen were arrested in separate incidents Tuesday at the Port of Nogales for attempting to smuggle an estimated $178,200 worth of methamphetamine and cocaine into the United States.

 

CBP officers seized 10 packages of meth valued at $87,000 in the dashboard of an automobile.

CBP officers seized 10 packages of meth valued at $87,000 in the dashboard of an automobile.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers first referred a 50-year-old woman for a secondary inspection of her Buick sedan. She was subsequently arrested after a service canine alerted to the presence of drugs in the dashboard -- 10 packages of methamphetamine valued at nearly $87,000. The vehicle and drugs were processed for seizure.

A few hours later, officers referred a 14-year-old boy for additional inspection as he attempted to cross into the U.S. through the Morley Pedestrian Gate. When officers checked a bag of what appeared to be grocery items, some of the contents caught their attention. After a CBP service canine indicated a presence of narcotics, officers opened cans labeled as "Maiz Para Pozole." Inside the cans, officers discovered six packages of drugs containing nearly six pounds of methamphetamine and almost six grams of cocaine, valued at more than $90,000 and $1,200 respectively. The drugs were processed for seizure.

Both individuals were referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

 

CBP officers in Nogales seized almost six grams of cocaine and almost six pounds of meth in cans labeled as

CBP officers in Nogales seized almost six grams of cocaine and almost six pounds meth in cans labeled as "Maiz Para Pozole"

CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes narcotics interdiction; enforcing immigration and trade laws; and protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017