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Nogales CBP Officers Seize $757K in Hard Drugs

Release Date: 
October 20, 2015

TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested four male Mexican nationals allegedly involved in separate smuggling attempts at the Port of Nogales over the weekend, resulting in the seizure of more than 109 pounds of cocaine and methamphetamine.

CBP officers at the DeConcini crossing seized nearly 27 pounds of cocaine from behind the fenders of a smuggling vehicle

CBP officers at the DeConcini crossing seized nearly 27 pounds of cocaine from behind the fenders of a smuggling vehicle.

Officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred Cesar Rafael Garcia-Amaya, 40, of Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, for further inspection of his Ford sedan early Monday (Oct. 19). A CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs behind the front fenders where officers found nearly 27 pounds of cocaine worth almost $278,000.

Saturday (Oct. 17), officers at the Mariposa crossing referred Jorge Humberto Mitani-Samaniego, 37, of Navojoa, Sonora, Mexico, for further inspection of his Nissan sedan. After a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs within a front wheel well, officers found nearly 31 pounds of cocaine worth just more than $323,000.

Drug smugglers attempted unsuccessfully to bring more than 33 pounds of meth from a vehicle searched further by CBP officers at the DeConcini crossing.

Drug smugglers attempted unsuccessfully to bring more than 33 pounds of meth from a vehicle searched further by CBP officers at the DeConcini crossing.

Earlier that morning, officers at the DeConcini crossing referred Francisco Javier Nava-Reyes, 28, of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for inspection of his Pontiac sedan. A narcotics canine then alerted to the vehicle’s rocker panels where officers found nearly 19 pounds of meth worth close to $57,000.

Friday (Oct. 16), officers at the DeConcini crossing referred a Ford Ranger, driven by Fidel Aguiluz-Ibarra, 41, of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for additional inspection. Officers then found more than 33 pounds of meth, valued in excess of $99,000, in vehicle’s rocker panels.

CBP officers seized all drugs and turned all suspects over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017