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Three Arrested in Nogales, $116k in Hard Drugs Seized

Release Date: 
March 11, 2015

TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested three women during two separate attempts to smuggle cocaine and methamphetamine through the Port of Nogales on March 9.

CBP officers at the Mariposa crossing removed cocaine packages that were removed from the smuggling vehicle's dashboard.

CBP officers at the Mariposa crossing removed cocaine packages that were removed from the smuggling vehicle's dashboard.

Officers at the Mariposa crossing selected a Volkswagen, driven by Claudia Yajaira Gonzalez-Romero, 26, of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for further inspection. A CBP narcotics-detection canine then alerted to the presence of drugs, leading officers to find more than 8.5 pounds of cocaine, worth nearly $90,000, in the car’s dashboard.

Later that day, officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred Cynthia Bates, 50, and her passenger, Vanessa C. Martinez, 29, both of Phoenix, Ariz. for further inspection of the Chevrolet SUV. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the rear quarter panels, officers removed nine packages of meth. The drugs weighed nearly nine pounds and are valued at approximately $27,000.

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

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017