Nogales CBP Officers Seize $763K Worth of Hard Drugs
TUCSON, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations, officers at the Port of Nogales seized 58 pounds of cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and prescription pills on Thursday.
Officers at the Dennis DeConcini Crossing referred a 43-year-old Mexican man for further inspection of his Chevy truck as he attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico early Thursday morning. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of a scent it was trained to detect, officers removed 10 packages of cocaine from within the dashboard and heater core. The packages weighed more than 26 pounds, worth nearly $633,000.
Early that afternoon, officers at the Mariposa Crossing referred a 22-year-old Tucson woman for an additional search of her Chevy truck as she attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico.
A CBP drug canine alerted officers to a non-factory compartment in the bed of the truck, where they found nearly 30 packages of methamphetamine. The meth weighed almost thirty pounds, worth nearly $90,000.
Thursday afternoon, officers at the Morley Pedestrian Crossing referred a 62-year-old Mexican man for further questioning when he attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico. A search of the man led to the discovery of nearly one-half pound of heroin, which was hidden in his groin. The drugs were valued at more than $39,000.
A short time later, Morley Pedestrian Crossing officers referred a 63-year-old Nogales, Arizona man for additional questioning as he attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico. When the man was searched, officers discovered three packages of drugs in his groin area. More than one-half pound of Xanax, Tramadol and Oxycodone were packaged separately.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.