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Nogales CBP Officers Seize $172K in Hard Drugs

Release Date: 
May 15, 2015

TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a male Mexican national Wednesday for allegedly attempting to smuggle more than $172,000-worth of methamphetamine and heroin through the Port of Nogales.

CBP officers at the Port of Nogales located and seized 46 pounds of meth and heroin from within the rear bumper of a smuggling vehicle

CBP officers at the Port of Nogales located and seized 46 pounds of meth and heroin from within the rear bumper of a smuggling vehicle.

Officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing arrested Francisco Arturo Hernandez-Millanes, 45, of Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, after a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the Ford Mustang he was driving. During a secondary inspection, officers located almost 43 pounds of methamphetamine and more than three pounds of heroin within a compartment built into the vehicle’s rear bumper. The meth’s value exceeds $128,000, while the heroin is worth more than $44,000.

Officers seized the drugs and vehicle, and referred Hernandez to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017