Nogales CBP Officers Seize $615K in Hard Drugs
TUCSON, Ariz. –U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Nogales arrested a Mexican national and a U.S. citizen connected with separate failed attempts to smuggle a combination of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and suspected fentanyl into the United States on Tuesday.
CBP officers at the Mariposa Crossing referred a 33-year-old Nogales, Arizona resident for further inspection of her Toyota van Tuesday morning. A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to a scent it was trained to detect within the vehicle’s dashboard. Officers removed several packages of drugs, which were identified as more than 26 pounds of fentanyl, worth $360,000 as well as 2.5 pounds of heroin, worth nearly $68,000.
A CBP canine alerted officers to the
dashboard of a smuggling vehicle,
where fentanyl and heroin were
Later that day, officers at the Mariposa Crossing referred a 46-year-old Mexican national for an addition search of his Chevrolet sedan. After a positive alert by a CBP canine, officers removed multiple packages of hard drugs from throughout the vehicle. The drugs were identified as more than 3 pounds of fentanyl, valued at more than $41,000, more than 5 pounds of cocaine, worth more than $122,000 and more than 7 pounds of meth, with an estimated value of more than $22,300
Fentanyl, cocaine and meth were
removed from a smuggling vehicle on
Tuesday by CBP officers at the
Officers seized the drugs as well as both vehicles. The subjects were arrested and then turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.
SOURCE – U.S. Customs and Border Protection
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