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Nogales CBP Officers Seize $324K in Hard Drugs

Release Date: 
March 10, 2017

TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested two Mexican nationals in separate incidents Wednesday and Thursday for attempting to smuggle 48 pounds of methamphetamine and 10 pounds of heroin, worth approximately $324,000 combined, through the Port of Nogales’ DeConcini crossing.

Officers discovered more than 10 pounds of heroin within the intake manifold of a smuggling vehicle
Officers discovered more than 10
pounds of heroin within the intake
manifold of a smuggling vehicle

In the first seizure, officers referred a 37-year-old man for further inspection of his Dodge truck Wednesday evening and found packages of heroin within the vehicle’s intake manifold. The drugs, weighing more than 10 pounds, exceed $181,000 in value.

Early Thursday, officers referred a 20-year-old man for a search of his Dodge truck and discovered multiple packages of meth behind both doors. The drugs weighed nearly 48 pounds and are worth almost $143,000.

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

Last modified: 
March 10, 2017