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Nogales CBP Seizes More Than $366K in Hard Drugs

Release Date: 
August 17, 2016

TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a man and juvenile during separate weekend attempts to smuggle heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine through the Dennis DeConcini crossing in Nogales, Arizona.

Officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing located multiple packages of drugs within the back wall of the truck cab referred for drug smuggling
Officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing
located multiple packages of drugs within
the back wall of the truck cab referred
for drug smuggling

The first incident occurred Aug. 12 when officers referred a 62-year-old man from Magdalena, Sonora, Mexico, for a secondary inspection of his Dodge truck and discovered multiple packages of narcotics within the cab’s back. The packages contained more than 5 pounds of heroin, worth more than $94,000; more than 15 pounds of cocaine, worth in excess of $171,000; and more than 20 pounds of meth, valued in excess of $60,000.   

On Aug. 15, officers referred a 16-year-old for further inspection as she entered the U.S. through the DeConcini pedestrian lanes. The search revealed more than 2 pounds of heroin, worth almost $40,000, within her brassiere.

Officers seized the vehicle and narcotics, and turned both subjects over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017