Nogales CBP officers seize hard drugs, weapons during 4th of Jul - Tucson News Now

Nogales CBP officers seize hard drugs, weapons during 4th of July weekend

Drugs seized at Nogales Port of Entry. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection) Drugs seized at Nogales Port of Entry. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
Weapons seized at Nogales Port of Entry. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection) Weapons seized at Nogales Port of Entry. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
NOGALES, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Three people were arrested and weapons and more than $830,000 in hard drugs were seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Nogales over the long Fourth of July weekend. 

According to a CBP news release, the first incident happened on Friday, June 30, at the Dennis DeConcini crossing when officers pulled a 19-year-old Casa Grande man for a secondary search. Officers found two AR-15 rifles and magazines hidden in a trash bag inside the car. 

On Saturday, July 1, CBP officers at the Mariposa crossing pulled a 51-year-old Sinaloa, Mexico resident for an additional search. The officers, with the assistance of a drug-sniffing canine, found nearly $358,000 in methamphetamine, cocaine, and heroin hidden in the floor of the car.  

The last incident occurred on Sunday, July 2, after a CBP canine alerted to possible drugs inside a vehicle at the DeConcini Crossing. The driver was a 30-year-old Mexican national from Nogales, Sonora.  

Officers searched the vehicle and found more than 27 pounds of heroin worth an estimated $471,000 in the vehicle's rocker panels.  

CBP arrested the suspects and seized the vehicles and contraband, and turned the suspects over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

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