CBP officers arrest 5 suspected smugglers over past weekend in N - Tucson News Now

CBP officers arrest 5 suspected smugglers over past weekend in Nogales

Officers at the DeConcini crossing seized a combination of $308K worth of cocaine and meth. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection) Officers at the DeConcini crossing seized a combination of $308K worth of cocaine and meth. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
NOGALES, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A woman from Tucson and four Mexican nationals were arrested over the weekend, according to a release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, after they attempted to smuggle a combined 169 pounds of cocaine and methamphetamine, worth an estimated $729,000, into the U.S. 

The first incident happened Saturday, April 1, at the Mariposa crossing, when a 56-year-old man from Mexico was pulled for a secondary search of his vehicle. According to the release, a drug sniffing canine helped locate 27 pounds of methamphetamine in the vehicle's rocker panels. It was worth an estimated $81,000. 

A 27-year-old Tucson woman was also arrested on Saturday, this time at the Dennis DeConcini crossing.  She was referred for a secondary search of her car, where CBP officers found 18 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in the rear quarter panels. The bundles were worth an estimated $54,000. 

On Sunday, April 2, three more Mexican nationals were arrested for attempting to smuggle drugs across into the U.S.

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According to the release, the first incident on Sunday occurred at the Dennis DeConcini crossing, when a vehicle was pulled for inspection and a drug sniffing canine helped officers locate nearly 30 pounds of methamphetamine in the rocker and quarter panels. It was worth an estimated $88,000. 

Two more incidents occurred at the DeConcini crossing, with CBP officers finding 26 pounds of cocaine and five pounds of methamphetamine in a vehicle driven by a woman from Mexico. According to CBP the drugs were worth an estimated $308,000.  Later that same morning officers discovered 66 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in a Dodge van, driven by a 30-year-old man from Mexico.  The drugs were worth an estimated $198,000. 

CBP officers seized the drugs and vehicles involved, and turned the subjects over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

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