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Nogales CBP Officers Seize $432,000 in Meth, Pot

Release Date: 
August 20, 2013

NOGALES, ARIZ.—Three individuals were arrested in separate incidents Friday and Saturday for attempting to smuggle a combined $362,824 in methamphetamine and almost $71,000 in marijuana.

A 35-year-old Mexican national,

CBP officer removes drugs from vehicle.

A CBP officer removes drugs discovered in a vehicle attempting to enter the U.S. through the Nogales, Ariz. port of entry.

was arrested Friday morning for attempting to smuggle nearly eight pounds of meth through the Port of DeConcini. A CBP canine alerted officers to the drugs hidden inside the dash of the Chevy sedan.

Saturday afternoon, a 25-year-old U.S. citizen, applied for admission but was referred for a secondary inspection of his Plymouth sedan. During the secondary inspection, a CBP canine team alerted to the odor of narcotics emitting from the front seat. CBP officers then discovered packages of methamphetamine weighing nearly 16 pounds.

Saturday evening, a 31-year-old U.S. citizen, was arrested after officers located almost 156 pounds of marijuana in a hidden compartment in the bed of his Chevrolet pickup truck. The compartment and nearly $71,000 worth of pot was found during a secondary inspection with the assistance of a CBP narcotics detection canine.

The drugs and vehicles were processed for seizure. The subjects were referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

CBP's Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Homeland Security tasked with an anti-terrorism mission. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes narcotics interdiction; enforcing immigration and trade laws; and protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017