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Nogales CBP Officers Seize $255K Worth of Heroin

Release Date: 
September 29, 2014

TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a man from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico after a failed attempt to smuggle more than 18 pounds of heroin through the Port of Nogales on the afternoon of Sept. 28.

Packages of heroin are hidden underneath the back seats of a smuggling vehicle that was stopped by CBP officers on Saturday.

Packages of heroin are hidden underneath the back seats of a smuggling vehicle that was stopped by CBP officers on Saturday.

CBP officers working at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred a BMW sedan driven by Victor Adan Esparza-Arballo, 24, for a secondary inspection. A narcotics detection canine alerted to the heroin hidden under the back seat. The drugs have an estimated value of nearly $255,000.

Officers processed the vehicle and drugs for seizure, and referred Esparza to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017