TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Nogales’ Dennis DeConcini crossing Tuesday seized a combined 68 pounds of methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin worth more than $410,000.
Early in their shift, officers located nearly 22 pounds of meth, worth approximately $65,000, in the rear quarter panels of a Ford SUV driven by a 38-year-old woman from Peoria, Arizona, as she was returning from Mexico.
A short time later, officers referred a 40-year-old Mexican man from Nogales, Sonora, for a closer inspection of his Nissan sedan when he applied for entry into the U.S. Using a CBP narcotics-detection canine, officers located more than 31 pounds of meth and 2.5 pounds of cocaine hidden in the vehicle’s floor area. The drugs were estimated to be worth $123,000 combined.
That afternoon, officers referred a 47-year-old woman from Nogales, Arizona, for further inspection when she attempted to enter the U.S. via the pedestrian lanes. Officers found the woman to be in possession of close to 3 pounds of heroin, worth more than $45,000.
Officers later referred a 26-year-old woman from Rio Rico, Arizona, for an additional inspection of her Honda sedan as she was returning from Mexico. A CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the vehicle’s back seats where officers found more than 10 pounds of heroin worth in excess of $178,000.
Officers arrested the three U.S. citizens and Mexican national, who were then turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations; along with the drugs and vehicles involved.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.