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Nogales CBP Officers Seize $355K in Hard Drugs

Release Date: 
March 1, 2016

TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested two Mexican nationals for alleged attempts to smuggle more than 64 pounds of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine through the Port of Nogales on Feb. 29.

CBP officers in Nogales discovered a combination of heroin and meth hidden underneath the rear seats of a smuggling vehicle

CBP officers in Nogales discovered a combination of heroin and meth hidden underneath the rear seats of a smuggling vehicle

Officers at the Mariposa crossing referred the 20-year-old driver for further inspection of his Isuzu SUV and found nearly five pounds of heroin and more than 12 pounds of meth under the rear seats. The drugs have a combined value exceeding $105,000.

Later, officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred the 38-year-old driver for an additional search of his Chevrolet sedan. After a CBP canine alerted to the presence of drugs within the vehicle, officers removed a combination of meth, heroin and cocaine from the vehicle’s rocker panels. The haul consisted of nearly 36 pounds of meth, more than eight pounds of heroin and almost three pounds of cocaine. Combined, the drugs are valued at more than $250,000.

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

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017