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CBP Officers Seize $1.6M in Drugs over Weekend

TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations, officers arrested 5 Mexican nationals and one U.S. citizen for alleged attempts to smuggle 138 pounds of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine through Arizona’s Port of Nogales over the weekend.

Officers at the Dennis DeConcini Crossing referred a 27-year-old Mexican male for additional inspection of his GMC truck, as he attempted to enter the U.S. through the port Friday morning. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of a scent it is trained to detect, the search of the vehicle led to the discovery of modifications to the engine where 5 packages of heroin were hidden. There was an additional 3 packages of cocaine also seized. The value of the drugs were nearly five pounds of heroin, worth almost $56,000, while more than 7 pounds of cocaine was worth nearly $102,000.  

A short time earlier that morning, officers at the Mariposa Crossing referred a 41-year-old Mexican male for an additional search of his Dodge truck as he attempted to enter the U.S. After a CBP canine alerted to the presence of drugs, the search led to the discovery of 64 pounds of cocaine hidden inside the truck’s back seat. The cocaine is worth more than $871,000.

CBP officers discovered 64 pounds of cocaine within the back seat of a smuggling vehicle
CBP officers discovered 64 pounds of
cocaine within the back seat of a
smuggling vehicle

That evening, officers at the DeConcini Pedestrian lanes selected a 59-year-old Tucson man for an additional questioning as he attempted to enter the U.S. through the port. A positive alert by a CBP canine led to the removal of three packages of drugs from inside of his guitar. They were identified as just more than 3 pounds of meth, worth nearly $3,000.

Saturday afternoon, officers at the Dennis DeConcini Crossing referred a 33-year-old Mexican female for an additional search of her Nissan sedan. The search led to the discovery of nearly 38 pounds of cocaine from the backseat and speaker box, worth more than $516,000.

Officers uncovered 38 pounds of cocaine in the back seat and speaker box of a smuggling vehicle
Officers uncovered 38 pounds of
cocaine in the back seat and speaker
box of a smuggling vehicle

Earlier Sunday morning, officers at the Mariposa Crossing searched a Pontiac sedan belonging to a 33-year-old Mexican male, as he attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico. A canine alert, led to the discovery of three packages of heroin inside of the vehicle’s spare tire. The drugs, which weighed more than seven pounds, worth more than $84,000.

And at about the same time, Mariposa Crossing officers referred a 29-year-old Mexican male and his 27-year-old Mexican female passenger, for a further search of his Ford compact sedan. A positive alert by a CBP canine led to the discovery of a dozen drug packages that were hidden inside of the spare tire. They were determined to be more than 13 pounds of meth, worth more than $12,000.

Officers seized the drugs and vehicles, while the subjects were all arrested and then turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

 

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