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Nogales CBP Officers Seize $233K in Drugs

Release Date: 
December 3, 2015

TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested two women for their separate alleged attempts to smuggle a combined 137 pounds of marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine through the Port of Nogales on Dec. 1.

Photo of cocaine, meth, and heroin from underneath a smuggling vehicle

CBP officers at the Mariposa crossing discovered and seized packages of cocaine, meth and heroin from underneath a smuggling vehicle

Officers at the Mariposa crossing referred Darla Marlene Pimber, 20, of Tucson, for further inspection of her Chevrolet SUV and discovered more than two pounds of cocaine, worth in excess of $25,000; more than 25 pounds of meth, worth more than $75,000; and nearly six pounds of heroin worth close to $80,000.

Later in the day, officers at the DeConcini crossing referred Claudia Gomez-Martinez, 46, of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for further inspection of her Ford SUV. After a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs within the rear of the vehicle, officers found almost 105 pounds of marijuana worth more than $52,000.

CBP officers seized all drugs and vehicles, and turned both subjects over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017