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CBP seizes more than $319k in drugs near Nogales

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CBP officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing discovered and seized a combination of 12 pounds of methamphetamine and eight pounds of heroin (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection) CBP officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing discovered and seized a combination of 12 pounds of methamphetamine and eight pounds of heroin (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
Nearly 18 pounds of meth are removed from the trunk of a smuggling vehicle stopped at the DeConcini crossing Friday, August 15 (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection) Nearly 18 pounds of meth are removed from the trunk of a smuggling vehicle stopped at the DeConcini crossing Friday, August 15 (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
A drug smuggler used packaged oil filter containers to conceal more than six pounds of meth inside of a toolbox. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection) A drug smuggler used packaged oil filter containers to conceal more than six pounds of meth inside of a toolbox. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
A CBP canine team discovered more than 32 pounds of meth inside of a smuggling vehicle attempting to cross through the Mariposa crossing. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection) A CBP canine team discovered more than 32 pounds of meth inside of a smuggling vehicle attempting to cross through the Mariposa crossing. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -  Four people were detained in separate incidents, by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers over the weekend after they attempted to smuggle drugs across the border into the U.S., according to a CBP release. 

The first incident happened on August 15, at the Dennis DeConcini crossing; a CBP drug sniffing canine alerted to the possible presence of drugs in a truck trying to cross into the U.S. According to officers the man's truck was pulled for secondary inspection and a non-factory compartment was discovered between the seats. Concealed inside the compartment were 12 pounds of methamphetamine and eight pounds of heroin.  Combined the drugs were worth an estimated $150,000 according to CBP officials. 

In a second incident, also on August 15, another CBP canine alerted to the possibility of drugs inside a different truck. According to agents a secondary search revealed 18 pounds of methamphetamine inside the rear trunk door.  The drugs were worth an estimated $54,000. 

On August 16, two more smuggling attempts were stopped, this time at the Mariposa crossing.  One involved CBP officers finding six pounds of meth inside one driver's toolbox on their tractor-trailer.  CBP officers said a drug sniffing canine alerted to the drugs, which had been concealed inside packaged oil filters. The bundles were worth an estimated $19,000. 

In the last incident on August 17, a Nogales resident was arrested after a CBP canine alerted to possible drugs inside his car. A second search of the man's car turned up 32 pounds of meth, hidden inside the rear passenger door.  The drugs were worth an estimated $96,000. 

All drugs and vehicles were seized and the alleged smugglers were turned over to ICE/HSI for processing.   

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