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Drug Seizures Keep CBP Officers Busy in Nogales

Release Date: 
December 20, 2016

TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested two people last Friday, for their alleged involvement in separate attempts to smuggle a combined 100 pounds of methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine and marijuana worth more than a half-million-dollars through the Port of Nogales.

 30 packages of hard drugs removed from the rocker panels of a smuggling vehicle
Officers removed 30 packages of hard
drugs from the rocker panels of a
smuggling vehicle

Officers working with a CBP narcotics-detection canine at the Mariposa crossing found more than 40 pounds of cocaine, meth and heroin, worth $488,000, in a Cadillac sedan driven by a 44-year-old Mexican woman from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. The drugs were found within both rocker panels.

Later that night, officers at the Mariposa crossing found 52 pounds of marijuana, with a value of $26,000, in a Ford SUV driven by a 20-year-old Mexican man from Magdalena, Sonora, Mexico. The drugs were located within the gas tank.

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

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017