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Nogales CBP Officers Seize Meth and Fentanyl at Port of Nogales

Release Date: 
October 9, 2018

TUCSON, Ariz. –U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Nogales arrested a Sonoran resident connected with a failed attempt to smuggle a combination of methamphetamine and suspected fentanyl into the United States yesterday.

CBP officers at the Dennis DeConcini Crossing referred the 28-year-old woman for further inspection of her Toyota sedan Monday morning. A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to a scent it was trained to detect within the vehicle’s floor. Officers removed multiple packages of drugs, which were identified as nearly 30 pounds of methamphetamine, worth more than $842,000 as well as more than one pound of suspected fentanyl, with an estimated value $15,000.

Officers seized the drugs as well as the vehicle. The woman was arrested and then turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Federal law allows officers to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows for filing of charges for criminal activity without inferring guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials welcome assistance from the community. Please feel free to call 1-877-227-5511 toll free. Reporting illicit activity could result in saving someone’s life.

Last modified: 
October 10, 2018