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CBP Seize Nearly $600K in Hard Drugs

Release Date: 
September 30, 2014

TUCSON, Ariz. —A seizure of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine at the Port of Nogales on Sept. 29 involved nearly 47 pounds of drugs valued at more than $581,000.

Nearly $600,000 worth of heroin, cocaine and meth are removed from a vehicle attempting to enter the U.S. from Mexico.

Nearly $600,000 worth of heroin, cocaine and meth are removed from a vehicle attempting to enter the U.S. from Mexico.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred Ivan Lopez-Menchaca, 35, of Obregon, Sonora, Mexico, for additional inspection of his Nissan sport utility vehicle. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of contraband in the truck’s dashboard area, officers removed more than 36 pounds of heroin, worth in excess of $511,000; and more than five pounds each of cocaine and meth with a combined value exceeding $70,000.

Officers seized the vehicle and drugs, and referred Lopez to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017