Port of Nogales CBP Officers Seize $1.1M in Drugs
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.
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.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.