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CBP Officers Seize Nearly $280K in Hard Drugs

Release Date: 
March 31, 2015

TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Nogales arrested three Mexican nationals in connection to two weekend smuggling attempts involving a combined $280,000 worth of hard drugs.

Nearly 20 pounds of meth were recovered from within the firewall of a smuggling vehicle that was stopped by CBP officers at the Port of Nogales

Nearly 20 pounds of meth were recovered from within the firewall of a smuggling vehicle that was stopped by CBP officers at the Port of Nogales

After officers at the Mariposa crossing referred Mario Ramon Parra-Lopez, 50, and his 32-year-old passenger, Victor Preciado-Damian, for a secondary inspection of a Chevrolet SUV on March 28, a CBP narcotics detection canine helped locate nearly 20 pounds of cocaine, worth $208,000, in the vehicle’s dashboard.

Mariposa officers also arrested Gilberto Barcelo-Preciado, 22, of Cajeme, Sonora, Mexico, after finding nearly 20 pounds of methamphetamine, valued at almost $72,000, in the firewall of his Chrysler sedan.

Officers processed both vehicles and all drugs for seizure, and referred all subjects to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017