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Nogales CBP Officers Seize $657K in Hard Drugs

Release Date: 
May 31, 2018

TUCSON, Ariz. –U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Nogales apprehended four U.S. citizens and a Mexican national involved in connection with separate failed attempts to smuggle more than 84 pounds of heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine into the United States over the weekend.

Officers working at the Morley Pedestrian Crossing referred a 20-year-old woman for further inspection as she attempted to enter on Friday morning. A search of the woman led to the discovery of less than a pound of heroin, worth more than $7,500, which the subject had taped to her crotch.

Officers removed a single package of heroin from the crotch of a subject crossing the Morley Pedestrian Crossing
Officers removed a single package
of heroin from the crotch of a
subject crossing the Morley
Pedestrian Crossing

Saturday afternoon, officers at the Dennis DeConcini Crossing referred a 51-year-old man for further inspection of his Hyundai sedan. A search by officers led to the discovery of more than 26 pounds of cocaine, worth almost $298,000 within the vehicle’s floor and seats.

cocaine was removed from the floor and seats of a smuggling vehicle
cocaine was removed from the floor
and seats of a smuggling vehicle

Sunday, officers at the DeConcini Crossing referred a 40-year-old Mexican national man for additional inspection of his Chevrolet SUV. A canine alert led officers to find almost 46 pounds of meth wrapped around the inside of the tires. The drugs are valued at more than $137,000.

Meth was discovered inside of the tires of a vehicle stopped by officers
Meth was discovered
inside of the tires of a
vehicle stopped by
officers

Monday afternoon, officers at the Morley Crossing referred a 26-year-old woman for further inspection after noticing her clothing appeared suspicious. A canine alert led to their removal of nearly six pounds of heroin wrapped around the subject’s midsection. The heroin has an estimated value of almost $101,000.

A body carrier was found to be carrying heroin
A body carrier was found to be
carrying heroin

Earlier Monday, a 28-year-old man was referred for an additional search by officers at the Morley Crossing. During the search, nearly seven pounds of heroin were removed from around the man’s waist. The drugs have an estimated value of nearly $114,000.

Nearly seven pounds of heroin was found on a body carrier
Nearly seven pounds of heroin was
found on a body carrier

Officers seized the drugs as well as the vehicles. All five of the subjects were arrested and then turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Last modified: 
May 31, 2018