3 smuggling suspects in custody following separate incidents - Tucson News Now

3 smuggling suspects in custody following separate incidents

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NOGALES, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Three Mexican citizens face drug charges in separate drug smuggling incidents at the Nogales ports of entry this week.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized cocaine and methamphetamine worth a combined $768,000, according to a news release.

Authorities referred a 52-year-old man to inspect his tractor-trailer and watermelon shipment at the Port of Nogales commercial facility Monday. They found more than 24 pounds of methamphetamine, worth nearly $378,000, inside the vehicle's air suspension bags.

A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted officers to a 57-year-old man's Honda SUV at the Mariposa Port earlier that day. Officers found about 14 pounds of cocaine and six pounds of methamphetamine, worth an estimated $215,000, behind the dashboard and firewall, the release stated.

Officers stopped a 48-year-old woman Sunday at the Dennis DeConcini Port to inspect her Chevrolet sedan, where a narcotics detection canine alerted officers to more than 11 pounds of methamphetamine, worth more than $174,500, behind the front bumper.

The three suspects were in custody and the authorities seized the vehicles and more than 55 pounds of drugs.

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