Drug detection canines assist CBP officers in 4 arrests, weekend - Tucson News Now

Drug detection canines assist CBP officers in 4 arrests, weekend drug busts

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Customs and Border Protection officers made four arrests and seized over 120 pounds of drugs in separate smuggling attempts over the weekend, worth nearly $410,000 total.

Officers at the DeConcini crossing stopped a 34-year-old Mexican woman trying to cross into the United States on Friday. A CBP narcotics detention canine alerted officers to about 3.5 pounds of heroin, worth approximately $49,000, in one of the wheel wells of her Oldsmobile sedan, according to a news release.

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At the Morley pedestrian crossing on Sunday, a canine team alerted officers to a 21-year-old Mexican man carrying 1.2 pounds of heroin, worth almost $17,000, inside the man's shoes, according to a news release.

Later that day, officers at the Mariposa crossing inspected a Chevrolet SUV driven by a 39-year-old Tucson woman. CBP said a narcotics canine helped officers locate 25 packages of methamphetamine, weighing more than 38 pounds and worth nearly $116,000.

The suspects were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations and the drugs and a car were seized.

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