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Nogales CBP Officers Seize $578K in Hard Drugs

Release Date: 
February 1, 2017

TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested two U.S. citizens and a Mexican national for alleged weekend attempts to smuggle a combined 120 pounds of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine through the Port of Nogales’ DeConcini crossing.

Officers referred a 26-year-old Mexican woman for further inspection of her Dodge sedan Friday and found 7 pounds of cocaine, 11 pounds of heroin and 35 pounds of meth within the vehicle’s rocker panels. The drugs have a combined value exceeding $376,000.

Saturday, officers referred a 22-year-old Tucson woman for an additional search of her Chevrolet sedan. After a CBP canine alerted to the presence of drugs within the vehicle, officers found 46 pounds of meth, valued at $138,000, in the vehicle’s rear side panels.

Officers removed more than 20 pounds of meth from the front fenders of a smuggling vehicles
Officers removed more than 20 pounds of meth
from the front fenders of a smuggling vehicles

Sunday, officers referred a 37-year-old man from Sahuarita, Arizona for further search of his Toyota truck. A positive alert by a canine team led to the discovery of more than 20 pounds of meth, worth approximately $64,000, within both front fenders.

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

Last modified: 
February 10, 2017