TUCSON, Ariz. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Nogales seized more than $513,000 in marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine during separate smuggling attempts since March 20.
On March 20, officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred a 21-year-old Chandler, Arizona man for further inspection of his Dodge sedan. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs, officers removed 14 packages of marijuana weighing more than 25 pounds and valued at nearly $13,000.
At about the same time, DeConcini officers referred a 38-year-old male Mexican national for additional inspection of his Ford van and found nearly 35 pounds of meth valued at more than $104,000.
Earlier that day, DeConcini officers referred a 31-year-old Rio Rico, Arizona man for further inspection of his Ford SUV. During the inspection, a canine helped officers locate nearly 191 pounds of marijuana valued at more than $95,000.
Also on Friday, officers at the Morley Pedestrian crossing referred a 13-year-old Nogales, Arizona girl for a search and located four packages of methamphetamine taped to her upper and lower body. The drugs weight was nearly 2.25 pounds and worth more than $6,700.
On March 21, officers at the Mariposa crossing referred a 34-year-old Mexican man for an additional search of his Chevrolet truck. A canine alerted officers to the presence of drugs in the rear of the vehicle that turned out to be more than 25 pounds of cocaine valued at nearly $263,000.
At about the same time, officers at the DeConcini crossing referred a 36-year-old Tucson woman for further inspection of her Hyundai where a canine alerted to drugs within the vehicle’s quarter and rocker panels. Officers removed 14 packages of marijuana weighing more than 63 pounds and valued at nearly $32,000.
Officers seized all drugs and vehicles, and referred the subjects 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.