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Nogales CBP Officers Arrest Drug Smuggler

Release Date: 
August 20, 2012

Nogales, Ariz. - Four Mexican nationals were arrested in separate incidents over the weekend for attempting to smuggle drugs through the Dennis DeConcini port of entry.

Marijuana bundles hidden in the truck's seats.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred David Elias Lechuga Esquer, 22, from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for inspection of his Chevrolet truck Friday when he attempted to enter the United States. After a positive alert to the presence of drugs by a CBP narcotics detection canine, officers located more than 34 pounds of marijuana, worth in excess of $17,000, in the truck's seats.

Saturday, officers referred Jose Carlos Elizondo Aguilar, 27, from Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, for inspection of his Ford SUV when he attempted to enter the United States with a female family member. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs, officers found nearly 118 pounds of marijuana, valued at close to $59,000, in a false compartment of the vehicle's roof.

Earlier Saturday, officers referred Jose Santos Vizcarra Mendiola, 47, from neighboring Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, and his son, Jose Leobardo Vizcarra Cisneros, 22, for inspection of their Ford truck when they attempted to enter the United States. A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs in the vehicle seats, which turned out to be nearly 21 pounds of methamphetamine worth almost $321,000.

Meth bundles hidden in the vehicles seats.

In each incident, the drugs and vehicles were processed for seizure. The four subjects were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017