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Nogales CBP Officers Arrest Cocaine/Meth Smugglers

Release Date: 
June 13, 2012

Nogales, Ariz. - Three people were arrested over the weekend for attempting to smuggle more than $283,000 worth of cocaine and nearly $41,000 of methamphetamine into the United States through the Dennis DeConcini Port.

When officers performed a routine pat down of both women, they located containers of methamphetamine taped to their stomach area. Each subject had more than 1.3 pounds of the drug on them, worth a combined total of nearly $41,000.

When officers performed a routine pat down of both women, they located containers of methamphetamine taped to their stomach area. Each subject had more than 1.3 pounds of the drug on them, worth a combined total of nearly $41,000.

Customs and Border Protection officers referred a 32-year-old Mexican man for a secondary inspection of his Dodge truck when he attempted to enter the United States on Friday. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs, officers located 12 packages of cocaine weighing more than 31 pounds inside the vehicle's dashboard. The drugs, worth an estimated $283,000, and vehicle were processed for seizure. The subject was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

Saturday, officers referred a 21-year-old woman and her 21-year-old female passenger, both of Nogales, Arizona, for a secondary inspection of a Chevrolet sedan. When officers performed a routine pat down of both women, they located containers of methamphetamine taped to their stomach area. Each subject had more than 1.3 pounds of the drug on them, worth a combined total of nearly $41,000. Both were arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcements' Homeland Security Investigations.

Individuals arrested may be charged with a criminal complaint, which raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017