TUCSON, Ariz. –U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Nogales arrested two Mexican nationals & a U.S. citizen involved in connection with a pair of separate failed smuggling attempts over the past weekend.
CBP officers at the Mariposa Crossing referred a 28-year-old Mexican man for further inspection of his Toyota sedan Sunday afternoon. A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to a scent it was trained to detect in the rocker panels. Officers removed more than 30 packages of drugs from the panels. They were identified as nearly 10 pounds of heroin, worth more than $268,000. In addition, officers seized more than 27 pounds of meth, worth nearly $82,000 and more than one-point-five pounds of fentanyl, worth an estimated value of almost $56,000.
Friday evening, officers at the Mariposa Crossing referred performing outbound operations a 26-year-old Mexican male and his 28-year-old U.S. citizen passenger for further inspection of his Ford sedan. A search of the vehicle, led to the discovery of two large bundles of unreported U.S. currency that were hidden within the car’s rear seats. The packages contained nearly $96,000.
Officers seized the drugs and currency, as well as both vehicles. The subjects were all arrested and then turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.