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Nogales CBP Officers Seize More Than $2.2 Million in Drugs

Release Date: 
September 6, 2013

NOGALES, ARIZ.—Six people were arrested recently in multiple smuggling attempts here involving area residents and Mexican nationals.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Nogales seized marijuana, methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine in a five-day period that, when combined, grossed more than $2.2 million in value.

Saturday, a 35-year-old Mexican man was arrested after officers at the Mariposa Commercial facility found nearly 245 pounds of marijuana within compartments inside the back of a tractor trailer that appeared empty. In addition, more than 85 pounds of methamphetamine and nearly six pounds of heroin were also discovered. The combined value of the seizure was more than $1.5 million.

A 26-year-old Mexican woman was taken into custody Saturday at the DeConcini Port when a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to drugs within the rear bumper of her Dodge sedan. Just less than 10 pounds of methamphetamine was seized, valued at more than $154,000.

Tuesday brought about three separate drug seizures at the DeConcini Port. Officers arrested a 23-year-old Tucson man after a service canine alerted to the presence of drugs in his Lincoln sedan. More than 14 pounds of meth, valued at nearly $221,000, were removed from the rear bumper.

That afternoon, a 19-year-old Mexican man was arrested when he attempted to enter the United States with more than 19 pounds of cocaine in his vehicle. The drugs were located within the interior rear quarter panels of his Oldsmobile van. The drugs, valued at more than $175,000, were also detected by a CBP canine.

Later that evening, a 34-year-old woman and 30-year-old man, both from Phoenix, were arrested after attempting to bring meth through the port. After a drug detection canine alerted to the sliding door of their Chrysler van, officers removed more than 11 pounds of methamphetamine estimated to be worth more than $175,000.

All subjects were referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations. The drugs and vehicles were processed for seizure.

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February 9, 2017