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CBP Officers Seize Nearly $535K Worth of Hard Drugs

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TUCSON, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations, officers at the Port of Nogales seized more than 90 pounds of heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and suspected fentanyl on Friday from two separate drug seizures.

Officers located meth within the gas tank of a smuggling vehicle
Officers located meth within the gas
tank of a smuggling vehicle

CBP Officers at the Dennis DeConcini Crossing referred a 37-year-old Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, man for a further inspection of his Ford truck when he attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico on Friday morning. Following an alert by a CBP narcotics detection canine, CBP officers seized nearly 57 pounds of methamphetamine, worth an estimated $171,000.

About an hour later, a CBP narcotics detection canine at the Mariposa Crossing alerted to a Jeep SUV that was crossing back into the U.S. from Mexico. The 24-year-old Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, man was found to have several packages of drugs throughout the vehicle. The drugs were identified as just more than five pounds of cocaine, worth more than $121,000. CBP officers also seized nearly 21 pounds of meth, worth nearly $63,000; more than six pounds of heroin, worth $164,000 and more than a pound of fentanyl, worth almost $16,000.

Officers seized the drugs and vehicles. The subjects were arrested and then turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Last Modified: February 3, 2021