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Nogales CBP Officers Seize $183K in Hard Drugs

Release Date: 
September 11, 2015

TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a male Mexican national into custody Sept. 9 for an attempt to allegedly smuggle a combined 22 pounds of methamphetamine and cocaine through the Port of Nogales.

Officers at the DeConcini crossing located and seized a combination of cocaine and meth from within the quarter panels of a smuggling vehicle.

Officers at the DeConcini crossing located and seized a combination of cocaine and meth from within the quarter panels of a smuggling vehicle.

Officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing arrested Manuel DeJesus Sanchez-Beltran, 44, of Guasave, Sinaloa, Mexico, after a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the Nissan Altima he was driving. During a secondary search of the vehicle, officers found more than six pounds of methamphetamine, valued at nearly $19,000, and almost 16 pounds of cocaine worth close to $166,000.

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

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February 9, 2017