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Fentanyl, Cocaine, Meth Seized from Tucson Woman

Release Date: 
August 3, 2017

TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Nogales arrested a 51-year-old Tucson woman Tuesday evening for attempting to smuggle nearly $130,000 worth of hard drugs into the United States.

Officers seized several packages of hard drugs including those filled with fentanyl
Officers seized several packages of
hard drugs including those filled with
fentanyl

Officers referred the woman for further inspection of a 1991 Nissan Sedan she was driving when she attempted to enter the U.S. through the Mariposa crossing. During the inspection, a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the vehicle’s dashboard. Officers conducting the search then discovered a non-factory compartment within the dash, containing nine packages of drugs.

Officers seized the vehicle and drugs, which consisted of more than 5 pounds of meth, worth in excess of $16,000; almost 3 pounds of cocaine, valued at more than $31,000; a little more than a pound of heroin, worth an estimated $23,500; and more than 3.5 pounds of fentanyl, with an estimated value of more than $58,000.

The woman was arrested for narcotics smuggling and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Last modified: 
August 7, 2017