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Port of Nogales CBP Officers Seize $1.1M in Drugs

Release Date: 
June 26, 2017

TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Nogales seized almost $1.1 million in hard drugs and arrested four Mexican nationals during separate weekend incidents.

A combinaton of meth and heroin were removed from the rear quarter panels of a smuggling vehicle by CBP officers at the Mariposa crossing
A combination of meth and heroin
were removed from the rear quarter
panels of a smuggling vehicle by CBP
officers at the Mariposa crossing

Early Saturday, officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred a 35-year-old Mexican man for a more detailed search of his Nissan sedan. A CBP canine subsequently alerted officers to the discovery of more than 58 pounds of methamphetamine worth close to $175,000.

That afternoon, officers working at the Mariposa crossing with a narcotics-detection canine found more than 85 pounds of assorted drugs in a Hyundai SUV occupied by a 37-year-old Mexican man and a 28-year-old Mexican woman. The drugs seized included almost 23 pounds of fentanyl, worth approximately $376,000; more than 57 pounds of meth, worth in excess of $172,000; and nearly 5 pounds of heroin, worth close to $86,000.

Officers working with a CBP narcotics-detection canine at the Mariposa crossing Sunday morning found nearly 58 pounds of methamphetamine and almost 2 pounds of heroin in the rear quarter panels of a Ford SUV driven by a 23-year-old Mexican man. The drugs have a combined value of approximately $208,000.

Officers arrested the four subjects and turned them over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. The drugs and vehicles were seized.

Last modified: 
June 27, 2017