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Nogales CBP Officers Seize $261K in Hard Drugs

Release Date: 
May 29, 2015

TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a Mexican man and a Phoenix woman Thursday for allegedly attempting to smuggle more than $261,000 in methamphetamine and cocaine during separate incidents at the Port of Nogales.CBP officers attached to the Port of Nogales seized nearly 25 pounds of cocaine from the rear quarter panels of a smuggling vehicle

 Officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing arrested Isidro Valazquez-Valenzuela, 22, of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, after a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the Mazda SUV he was driving. During a secondary inspection, officers located nearly 25 pounds of cocaine, worth in excess of $258,000, within the vehicle’s quarter panels.More than a pound of meth was seized from a body carrier after the drugs were located within her underclothing

Later in the day, officers at the Morley pedestrian crossing referred Rebekah Megan Ramos, 24, for inspection as she attempted to enter the United States. Officers searched the woman and found more than a pound of meth, worth about $3,300, concealed under her clothing.

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

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017