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Nogales CBP Officers Seize Nearly $591K in Coke

Release Date: 
August 8, 2013

NOGALES, ARIZ.—A Mexican national was arrested yesterday at the Port of Nogales for attempting to smuggle nearly 65 pounds of cocaine into the United States.


The drugs and vehicle were processed for seizure.

CBP officers assigned to the Port of Nogales used experience with similar vehicles and a CBP narcotics detection canine to locate cocaine behind a vehicle headlight.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred Gaston Delacruz Arriaga-Barrigan, 61,of Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico for additional inspection of his Chevrolet sedan when he attempted to cross the border. After a CBP narcotic detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs behind the passenger's side headlight, officers removed 27 packages of cocaine worth nearly $591,000.



The drugs and vehicle were processed for seizure.

A total of 27 packages of cocaine valued at nearly $591,000 were removed from a smuggling vehicle by CBP officers from the Port of Nogales.

The drugs and vehicle were processed for seizure. Arriaga was referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

CBP's Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Homeland Security tasked with an anti-terrorism mission. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes narcotics interdiction; enforcing immigration and trade laws; and protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017