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Nogales CBP Officers Seize $762K in Drugs

Release Date: 
January 26, 2016

TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested three Arizonans and one Mexican national for alleged attempts to smuggle more than 597 pounds of marijuana, heroin and methamphetamine through the Port of Nogales this week.

CBP officers removed nearly 29 pounds of heroin along with 5.5 pounds of meth inside of a sedan inspected by officers at teh Mariposa crossing in Nogales, Ariz.

CBP officers removed nearly 29 pounds of heroin along with 5.5 pounds of meth inside of a sedan inspected by officers at teh Mariposa crossing in Nogales, Ariz.

Officers at the Mariposa crossing referred Richard Lawrence Lewis, 36, of Wickenburg, Arizona, and his 44-year-old passenger, Shane McEntire of Yuma, for further inspection of Lewis’ recreational vehicle when they attempted to enter the U.S. on Jan. 19. After a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs underneath the vehicle, officers removed nearly 540 pounds of marijuana worth close to $270,000.

On Jan. 20, officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred Carla Evelin Ochoa-Arce, 21, of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for further inspection of her Chrysler sedan. After a CBP canine alerted to one of the vehicle’s quarter panels, officers removed more than 24 pounds of meth worth nearly $13,000.

More than $420,000 worth of heorin and meth are seized by Mariposa crossing officers.

More than $420,000 worth of heorin and meth are seized by Mariposa crossing officers.

The following day, officers at the Mariposa crossing referred Cecelia Acosta, 41, a permanent resident alien living in Nogales, Arizona, for additional inspection of her Nissan sedan. A positive alert by a CBP canine led to the discovery of nearly 29 pounds of heroin, worth in excess of $404,000, and almost 5.5 pounds of meth valued at more than $16,000.

Officers seized the drugs and vehicles, and turned all three subjects over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017