NOGALES, Ariz. — Cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine were seized during separate smuggling attempts at the Port of Nogales this past weekend.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred a 28-year-old woman from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico for further questioning and a secondary inspection of the Chevrolet sedan she was driving Friday. Inside the vehicle, officers found nearly 13 pounds of heroin, worth close to $178,500, and close to 10 pounds of meth worth almost 30,000.
At the same location Saturday night, officers referred a 48-year-old man from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico for further inspection of his Nissan truck. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs, officers located 23 pounds of meth – worth nearly $70,000 – in a spare tire.
Officers at the DeConcini crossing on Sunday found 19 pounds of cocaine, worth more than $200,000, on a 26-year-old man from Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.
All drugs and vehicles were seized. The subjects were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.