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Nogales CBP Officers Seize $644K in Hard Drugs

Release Date: 
September 20, 2018

TUCSON, Ariz. –U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Nogales arrested a Mexican national involved in connection with a failed attempt to smuggle a combination of 77 pounds of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine into the United States on Tuesday.

Officers at the Port of Nogales seized a combination of meth, heroin and cocaine from a suspect vehicle
Officers at the Port of Nogales seized
a combination of meth, heroin and
cocaine from a suspect vehicle

CBP officers at the Mariposa Crossing referred a 36-year-old Mexican man for further inspection of his Chevrolet sedan Tuesday morning. A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to a scent it was trained to detect within the vehicle’s floor. Officers removed three packages of cocaine, 5 packages of heroin and more than 30 packages of meth. The drugs weigh a combined 77 pounds, worth a combined value of $644,000.

Officers seized the drugs as well as the vehicle. The subject was arrested and then turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

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September 20, 2018