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Nogales CBP Officers Seize $334K in Hard Drugs

Release Date: 
August 28, 2014

TUCSON, Ariz. — Three recent seizures of methamphetamine and cocaine at the Port of Nogales means more than 50 pounds of drugs, worth in excess of $334,000, will not make it to potential users in the United States.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Mariposa crossing referred a 29-year-old Mexican man for additional inspection Tuesday of his Ford SUV. A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the vehicle’s backseats where officers found 10 packages of methamphetamine weighing more than 14 pounds and worth an estimated $43,400.

Officers at the Mariposa crossing yesterday referred an 18-year-old male U.S. citizen, presently living in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for an additional search of his Daewoo sedan. After a service canine alerted to possible drugs in a non-factory compartment above the exhaust, officers found 12 packages of methamphetamine weighing in excess of 11.5 pounds and valued at more than $34,500.

Also yesterday, a 29-year-old Mexican woman was referred for further inspection of her Chevrolet SUV when she entered the DeConcini crossing. A CBP canine team led officers to 10 packages of drugs within the vehicle’s dashboard. The packages contained more than 24.5 pounds of cocaine worth nearly $256,000.

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

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017