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Nogales CBP Officers Seize $290K of Hard Drugs

Release Date: 
April 29, 2014

NOGALES, Ariz. — Two recent seizures of methamphetamine and heroin at the Port of Nogales include nearly 38 pounds of drugs valued at approximately $290,000.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Mariposa crossing CBP officers assigned to the Port of Nogales seized more than 21.6 pounds of meth that was hidden inside the trunk of a smuggling vehicle.

referred a 30-year-old Mexican national for additional inspection of her Toyota sedan on Thursday. A CBP narcotic detection canine alerted to the vehicle’s trunk where officers found 10 packages of methamphetamine weighing more than 21 pounds and worth an estimated $65,000.

Drug smugglers unsuccessfully tried to bring more than 16 pounds of heroin through the Mariposa crossing in Nogales, Ariz.

Earlier Thursday, officers at the Mariposa crossing referred a 54-year-old Mexican national for a further search of the tractor-trailer he was driving. After a service canine alerted to possible drugs within the engine’s valve cover, officers found six packages of heroin weighing in excess of 16 pounds and valued at approximately $225,000.

The vehicles and drugs were seized; both subjects were referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.


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February 3, 2021