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Nogales CBP Officers Seize $197K in Hard Drugs

Release Date: 
May 1, 2017

TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Nogales arrested two U.S. citizens during weekend smuggling attempts involving a combined 56 pounds of methamphetamine and fentanyl worth an estimated $197,000.

Officers working at the Morley pedestrian crossing Saturday referred a 37-year-old Tucson man for further search and found more than a pound of meth, worth approximately $3,300, and less than a pound of fentanyl, worth almost $32,000, hidden in his groin area.

Officers removed more than 50 packages of meth from a smuggling vehicle
Officers removed more than 50 packages
of meth from a smuggling vehicle

On Sunday, officers at the DeConcini crossing referred a 21-year-old woman from Nogales, Arizona, for an additional search of her Honda sedan. Using a CBP narcotics-detection canine, officers located more than 54 pounds of meth, valued in excess of $162,000, hidden throughout the vehicle.

Officers seized the drugs and vehicle involved, and turned both subjects over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Last modified: 
May 1, 2017