Nogales CBP Officers Seize $728K in Hard Drugs
TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Nogales arrested one U.S. citizen and five Mexican nationals during weekend smuggling attempts involving a combined 169 pounds of cocaine and methamphetamine worth an estimated $728,000.
On Saturday, officers at the Mariposa crossing referred a 56-year-old Mexican male for an additional search of his Chevrolet sedan. Using a CBP narcotics-detection canine, officers located 27 pounds of meth, valued at $81,000 in the vehicle’s rocker panels.
Later that day, officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred a 27-year-old Tucson woman for further search of her Honda sedan and found 18 pounds of meth, worth close to $54,000, hidden within the rear quarter panels.
On Sunday, officers at the DeConcini crossing made multiple seizure. The first incident occurred when officers referred a 37-year-old Mexican man and his 33-year-old Mexican female passenger for further inspection of his Volkswagen sedan. Using a CBP narcotics-detection canine, officers located nearly 30 pounds of meth, valued at nearly $88,000, in the vehicle’s rocker and quarter panels.
A short time later, officers referred a 25-year-old Mexican female for further inspection of her Dodge sedan and found nearly 26 pounds of cocaine, worth approximately $292,000 and five pounds of meth, worth $16,000 within the vehicle. Later that morning, officers referred a 30-year-old Mexican man for further inspection of his Dodge van and discovered 66 pounds of meth, worth $198,000.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicles involved, and turned the subjects over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.