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Nogales CBP Officers Seize $236K in Hard Drugs Within Two Days

Release Date: 
June 7, 2016

TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a U.S. citizen and a Mexican national from neighboring Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, during mix-load smuggling attempts at the Area Ports of Nogales within two days of one another.

Officers at the DeConcini crossing were led to a combination of heroin and meth by a CBP narcotics detection canine alert
Officers at the DeConcini crossing
were led to a combination of heroin
and meth by a CBP narcotics
detection canine alert

On June 4, CBP officers working at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred a 24-year-old Mexican national for an inspection of his Chrysler sedan.  Officers found 23 pounds of meth worth more than $69,000 and three pounds of heroin worth more than $54,000 within the front center hump of the vehicle after a CBP narcotics-detection canine alert.

Two days later, officers referred a 32-year-old woman for a secondary inspection of her Chevy van on June 6, at the Mariposa crossing. Officers discovered almost 21 pounds of meth worth nearly $63,000 after a positive CBP narcotics detection canine alert. Officers discovered nearly three pounds of heroin worth nearly $48,000 within the passenger side of the vehicle’s front fender. 

Officers seized both vehicles, all the discovered narcotics, and turned both subjects over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017