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Nogales CBP Officers Seize $829K in Hard Drugs

Release Date: 
June 23, 2017

TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Nogales seized approximately $829,000 worth of methamphetamine and heroin during separate incidents Thursday.

Officers seized multiple packages of cocaine that was hidden within the spare tire of a smuggling vehicle
Officers seized multiple packages of cocaine
that was hidden within the spare tire of a
smuggling vehicle

Officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred a 40-year-old Nogales, Arizona man for a secondary inspection of his GMC truck when he attempted to enter the U.S. through a designated SENTRI lane Thursday morning. A CBP narcotics-detection canine subsequently alerted to the truck’s spare tire which officers cut open, exposing multiple packages of suspected drugs. Officers confirmed the packages contained more than 60 pounds of cocaine, exceeding $694,000 in value.

That afternoon, officers at the Morley pedestrian gate referred a 21-year-old Tucson woman for further inspection. Following a CBP canine’s alert, officers searched the woman and found almost 8 pounds of heroin, worth more than $135,000, taped to her chest and stomach areas.

Officers seized 8 pounds of heroin from a Tucson woman who attempted to hide the drugs by taping them around her waist and chest
Officers seized 8 pounds of heroin from a
Tucson woman who attempted to hide the
drugs by taping them around her waist and chest

Officers seized the drugs and vehicle involved. The subjects were arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Last modified: 
June 26, 2017