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Nogales CBP Officers Catch Smuggler with Cocaine

Release Date: 
November 28, 2018

TUCSON, Ariz. –U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Nogales arrested a Mexican man connected with a failed attempt to smuggle cocaine into the United States on Thursday.

smugglers hid 20 pounds of cocaine behind the radio
Smugglers hid 20 pounds of cocaine
behind the radio

CBP officers at the Dennis DeConcini Pedestrian Crossing referred a 22-year-old resident of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico for further inspection Thursday morning of his Chevy SUV. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to a scent it was trained to detect, officers removed several packages of drugs that were hidden behind the radio, which were identified as more than 20 pounds of cocaine, worth almost $484,000.

Officers seized the drugs as well as his vehicle, while the subject was arrested and then turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

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November 29, 2018