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Nogales CBP Officers Seize Nearly $870K in Drugs

Release Date: 
April 22, 2015

TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested two Mexican nationals and two U.S. citizens during separate weekend smuggling attempts at the Port of Nogales.

Photo of trailer roof - CBP officers discovered more than 1400 pounds of maijuana hidden in the roof

CBP officers at the Mariposa Commercial Facility discovered more than 1,400 pounds of marijuana within the roof of a trailer.

Officers at the Mariposa Commercial facility referred a 28-year-old man from neighboring Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for a secondary vehicle inspection of the tractor-trailer he was driving on April 18. A CBP narcotics-detection canine then helped officers locate more than 1,400 pounds of marijuana worth in excess of $736,000.

A day earlier, officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing arrested Martin Fernando Galindo-Duran, 51, of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, after finding 13 packages of methamphetamine in his Pontiac sedan. A narcotics-detection canine alerted officers to nearly 18 pounds of meth concealed in the firewall and quarter panel, valued at almost $53,000. Officers also arrested Analicia Cruz Campas, 28, of Tucson after a service canine alerted officers to her computer bag with more than six pounds of cocaine, worth in excess of $63,000.

On April 19, officers at the DeConcini pedestrian crossing referred Lili Blumenkron, 22, of Nogales, Arizona, for further inspection and located more than a pound of heroin, worth nearly $18,000, in her undergarments. (no photo)

Officers processed all drugs and vehicles involved, and referred the subjects to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017