Smuggling attempts stopped during busy week for CBP at the Port - Tucson News Now

Smuggling attempts stopped during busy week for CBP at the Port of Nogales

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NOGALES, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Seven people were arrested and 111 pounds of hard drugs, worth an estimated $921,000 were seized during a busy week for U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Nogales last week, according to a recent CBP release. 

The first incidents happened on Tuesday, April 11 and involved a seizure of 35 pounds of meth, heroin, and cocaine worth more than $201,000 after a secondary inspection of a truck driven by a 22-year-old man from Mexico.  CBP officers also discovered, with the help of an alert canine, nearly 23 pounds of heroin in a car driven by an 18-year-old man from Mexico.  The drugs were worth an estimated $400,000, according to the release. 
 
There were also several seizures at the pedestrian crossing, according to the release. A 17-year-old girl from Nogales, Arizona was pulled for secondary inspection when, according to CBP officers, they found she was carrying more than a pound of heroin in her groin area.  In a bizarre coincidence another woman, this time a 25-year-old from Rio Rico, Arizona was also found to be carrying a pound of heroin in her groin area.  

The last seizure for heroin on Tuesday, April 11 was found on a 43-year-old Tucson woman.  According to the CBP release, more than a pound of heroin was found in her purse.  All three heroin seizures combined were worth more than $60,000.  

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On Wednesday, April 12, CBP officers discovered, with the help of a drug sniffing canine, 13 pounds of cocaine inside a vehicle driven by a 23-year-old Rio Rico man.  The drugs, worth an estimated $148,000 were found beneath the vehicle's backseats.   
 
CBP officers on Thursday, April 13, found more than 37 pounds of methamphetamine inside an SUV driven by a 37-year-old Tucson woman.  The drugs, worth an estimated $112,000, were located in the vehicle's spare tire, according to the release. 

All drugs and vehicles involved were seized by CBP officers, and all suspects were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

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