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CBP Officers Seize More Than $49K in Hard Drugs

Release Date: 
June 8, 2015

TUCSON, Ariz. — Officers seized more than five pounds of heroin and methamphetamine during separate weekend smuggling attempts at the Port of Nogales.

More than three pounds of heroin were seized by CBP officers at the Mariposa crossing over the weekend, after it was discovered within the lining of a suitcase inside of a smuggling vehicle

More than three pounds of heroin were seized by CBP officers at the Mariposa crossing over the weekend, after it was discovered within the lining of a suitcase inside of a smuggling vehicle.

Customs and Border Protection officers at the Mariposa crossing referred Miguel Angel Peralta-Puebla, 31, from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for further questioning and a secondary inspection of his Ford truck on June 6. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs within luggage in the truck’s bed, officers found two packages of heroin within the luggage’s lining. The packages weighed more than three pounds and are worth close to $43,000.

On June 7, officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred a 14-year-old female Mexican teen for further inspection at the pedestrian crossing. After CBP narcotics-detection canine’s alert to possible drugs, officers searched the teen’s clothing and found more than two pounds of meth, worth in excess of $6,000, underneath.

Officers seized all drugs and one vehicle, and turned both subjects over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017