Nogales CBP Seizes More Than $366K in Hard Drugs
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.
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.