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Nogales CBP Officers Seize Hard Drugs at Port

Release Date: 
November 17, 2017

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 Additionally, the woman’s SENTRI document was revoked.

Officers were led to the spare tire of a smuggling vehicle, where they found heroin and cocaine
Officers were led to the spare tire of a smuggling
vehicle, where they found heroin and cocaine

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 seized 49 pounds of meth from a smuggling vehicle
Officers seized 49 pounds of meth from
a smuggling vehicle

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.

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November 17, 2017