NOGALES, Ariz. —A weekend seizure of methamphetamine and heroin at the Port of Nogales totals nearly 69 pounds of drugs valued at approximately $485,000.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Mariposa crossing referred a 27-year-old Mexican national for additional inspection of a Kenworth tractor on Saturday. Officers removed the smoke stack mufflers and found drugs concealed within the ends of both mufflers. Inside, there were 44 packages of methamphetamine with a weight of nearly 44 pounds with an estimated value of more than $131,000. In addition, there were four packages of black tar heroin and six packages of brown heroin, with a total weight of more than 25 pounds and a value in excess of $354,000.
The vehicles and drugs were seized. The driver was referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
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.