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Nogales CBP Officers Seize Cocaine

Release Date: 
December 15, 2011

Nogales, Ariz. - Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Tucson Field Office seized more than $236,000 worth of cocaine on Wednesday.

Officers at the Dennis DeConcini Port referred a 33-year-old Mexican man for a secondary inspection of his Volkswagen sedan when he attempted to enter the United States. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the quarter panel, officers located and removed more than 26 pounds of cocaine. The subject was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations. The drugs and vehicle were processed for seizure.

A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted officers to the vehicle.

CBP officers at Tucson arrested a 33-year-old Mexican man after finding cocaine in his car.

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017