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Nogales CBP Officers Seize $151K in Hard Drugs

Release Date: 
July 30, 2015
CBP officers assigned to the Port of Nogales discovered packages of cocaine and meth within the rear panels of a smuggling vehicle.

CBP officers assigned to the Port of Nogales discovered packages of cocaine and meth within the rear panels of a smuggling vehicle.

TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested two Mexican nationals allegedly involved in an attempt to smuggle more than 18 pounds of cocaine and methamphetamine through the Port of Nogales Tuesday.

Officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred a 39-year-old man from Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, and his 32-year-old wife for a secondary inspection of their Chrysler PT Cruiser. After a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs within the vehicle’s rear panels, officers found nearly 13 pounds of cocaine, worth almost $136,000, and more than five pounds of methamphetamine valued at close to $16,000.

CBP officers seized the drugs and vehicle, and turned the couple over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017