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Nogales CBP Officers Seize Meth from Smuggler’s SUV

Release Date: 
June 13, 2016

TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a female Mexican national when she allegedly attempted to smuggle nearly 51 pounds of methamphetamine through the Port of Nogales over the weekend.

Officers at the DeConcini crossing intercepted more than 23 pounds of meth from within a smuggling vehicle referred for a secondary inspection on Saturday (June 11)
Officers at the DeConcini crossing
intercepted more than 23 pounds of
meth from within a smuggling vehicle
referred for a secondary inspection on
Saturday (June 11)

CBP officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred a 45-year-old Obregon, Sonora, Mexico, resident for further inspection of her Mitsubishi SUV on June 11. The search led to the discovery of multiple packages of methamphetamine, worth approximately $153,000, concealed in the vehicle’s firewall.

Officers turned the suspect over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations after seizing the drugs and the vehicle.

Nogales Port Director Guadalupe Ramirez credited the experience of his personnel for the successful seizure.

“Our CBP officers have always produced effective results when it comes to interdicting illegal contraband,” he said. “They have and will continue to make it difficult for criminal organizations to smuggle drugs through our ports of entry.”

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017