TUCSON, Ariz. — More than 82 pounds of cocaine and methamphetamine were seized during separate weekend smuggling attempts at the Port of Nogales.
Customs and Border Protection officers at the Mariposa crossing referred a 21-year-old man from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico for further questioning and a secondary inspection of the Mercury sedan he was driving on Oct. 31. Inside the vehicle’s bumpers, officers found nearly 18 pounds of methamphetamine worth close to $54,000.
Later that day, officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred a 62-year-old woman from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico for further inspection of her Isuzu SUV. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs, officers located nearly five pounds of cocaine, worth almost $52,000 and nearly 46 pounds of meth, worth almost $137,000, within one of the vehicle’s rear quarter panels.
Officers at the Mariposa crossing on Nov. 1 found 14 pounds of meth, worth in excess of $42,000, inside a Dodge sedan belonging to a 26-year-old woman from Goodyear, Arizona after a drug detection canine alerted officers to the vehicle’s back seats.
Officers seized all drugs and vehicles, and turned the subjects over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.