Nogales CBP Officers Seize Hard Drugs at Port
TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Nogales arrested three U.S. citizens for attempting to smuggle $923,000 worth of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine on Thursday afternoon.
Officers working at the Dennis DeConcini Crossing referred a 57-year-old woman from Rio Rico, Arizona for further inspection of her Nissan SUV as she attempted to cross through the vehicle SENTRI lane. A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the spare tire of the woman’s vehicle, leading officers to nearly 32 pounds of cocaine, worth over $359,000. The officers also removed nearly 24 pounds of heroin, worth more than $417,000. Additionally, the woman’s SENTRI document was revoked.
Earlier in the afternoon, officers working at the Mariposa Crossing referred a 21-year-old woman and 22-year old man for further inspection of the Infiniti sedan. A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted officers to 49 pounds of meth within the vehicle, worth $147,000.
Officers arrested all subjects for narcotics smuggling and seized both vehicles, along with the drugs. The subjects were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.