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Nogales Bust Nets Meth, Heroin Worth $431k

Release Date: 
March 14, 2012

NOGALES, ARIZ.—Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Tucson Field Office made two separate drug seizures Monday, resulting in more than 23 pounds of methamphetamine and five pounds of heroin being seized; a combined value of nearly $431,000.

Officers at the Mariposa Port referred a 21-year-old Nogales woman for a secondary inspection of her Ford sedan when she attempted to enter the United States. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs, officers located 23 packages of methamphetamine in the dashboard.

Heroin seized in Nogales by CBP officers at Morley pedestrian gate.

Heroin seized in Nogales by CBP officers at Morley pedestrian gate.

Officers at the Morley Pedestrian crossing referred a 32-year-old Mexican woman for additional questioning when she attempted to enter the United States. When an officer inspected her belongings, four packages of heroin were found in her purse.

In both cases, property and drugs were seized. Both subjects were arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

CBP officers at Mariposa port seize methamphetamine from inside car dashboard.

CBP officers at Mariposa port seize methamphetamine from inside car dashboard.

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017