CBP officers seize $1.3 million in drugs in Nogales - Tucson News Now

CBP officers seize $1.3 million in drugs in Nogales

Marijuana found in cable spools. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection) Marijuana found in cable spools. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
(Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection) (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
(Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection) (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
NOGALES, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Nogales seized more than $1.3 million in marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, and heroin over the past weekend. 

According to a CBP news release, the busy weekend began on Friday night, July 28, when officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred an SUV, driven by a 37-year-old woman from Mexico after a CBP K-9 alerted to the possibility of drugs. During the search officers discovered 19 pounds of heroin worth an estimated $335,000, more than six pounds of methamphetamine worth an estimated $18,000, and close to six pounds of cocaine worth an estimated $64,000. 

Then early Saturday, July 29, at the Mariposa cargo facility, officers referred a 37-year-old man from Mexico, driving a tractor-trailer, for secondary inspection.  According to the release, a CBP K-9 alerted to possible drugs within the shipment of wooden spools of cable. A search by officers turned up more than 1,600 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $800,000.  

On Sunday, July 30, officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing pulled a Ford SUV, driven by a 27-year-old woman from Nogales, AZ, for secondary inspection after a CBP K-9 alerted to the vehicle. A search turned up several bundles in the front fender made up of nearly 18 pounds of methamphetamine worth an estimated $54,000 and three pounds of heroin worth an estimated $51,000.  

All of the vehicles and drugs were seized by CBP officers, and the three suspects were arrested and are facing charges on narcotics smuggling. They have been turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

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