Nogales CBP Officers Seize $177K in Hard Drugs
TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Nogales arrested two U.S. citizens and two Mexican nationals during four weekend smuggling attempts involving a combined 36 pounds of heroin and methamphetamine worth an estimated $177,000.
On Friday, officers referred a 43-year-old man from Stockton, California for an additional search of his Nissan truck. After a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the vehicle’s front undercarriage, officers found more than 10 pounds of meth, valued at $31,000, in the vehicle’s transmission gearbox.
That afternoon, officers at the Morley pedestrian gate referred a 21-year-old Mexican woman for further search and found more than 2 pounds of heroin, worth close to $41,000, hidden in
Early Sunday, officers at the Mariposa crossing referred a 41-year-old Mexican man for further inspection of his Ford sedan. Using a CBP narcotics-detection canine, officers located multiple packages of meth, weighing nearly 21 pounds and valued at $62,000, in the vehicle’s trunk.
Later in the day, officers referred a 14-year-old girl for further inspection at the DeConcini pedestrian gate and found nearly 2.5 pounds of heroin, worth approximately $43,000, strapped to her thighs.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicles involved, and turned the subjects over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.