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Nogales CBP Officers Seize $424,000 of Hard Drugs

Release Date: 
April 2, 2014

NOGALES, Ariz. — Three recent seizures of methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine at the Port of Nogales include nearly 32 pounds of drugs worth more than $424,000.

Sunday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred Cristian Abraham Avechuco-Romero, 19, of Tucson for additional inspection of his Chevrolet truck. A CBP narcotic detection canine alerted to the vehicle’s battery compartment where officers found two packages of methamphetamine weighing more than five pounds and worth an estimated $81,800.

Officers at the Mariposa crossing Monday referred Fernando Cejudo-Nevarez, 40, of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for an additional search of her Chrysler van. After a service canine alerted to possible drugs within the rear quarter panels, officers found 10 packages of methamphetamine, weighing in excess of 10.6 pounds and valued at more than $165,000.

Wednesday, Andres Gamez-Garcia, 70, of Cajeme, Sonora, Mexico, was referred for further inspection of his Ford truck when he entered the DeConcini Port. A CBP canine team led officers to 14 packages of heroin and cocaine. Six packages contained almost seven pounds of heroin worth more than $94,500; eight packages held more than nine pounds of cocaine worth nearly $83,000.

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

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017