Busy night for Nogales CBP officers, K9s as they seize $1 millio - Tucson News Now

Busy night for Nogales CBP officers, K9s as they seize $1 million in drugs

43.56kg Meth discovered in a GMC SUV.(Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection) 43.56kg Meth discovered in a GMC SUV.(Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
Cocaine, methamphetamine seized from a Chevy truck. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection) Cocaine, methamphetamine seized from a Chevy truck. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
6.18 kg cocaine seized from a Dodge hatchback. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection) 6.18 kg cocaine seized from a Dodge hatchback. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
7.50kg Cocaine discovered in a Ford sedan. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection) 7.50kg Cocaine discovered in a Ford sedan. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
23.30kg Meth discovered in a Jeep. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection) 23.30kg Meth discovered in a Jeep. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
NOGALES, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Thursday, Feb. 15 turned out to be a busy night for U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Port of Nogales, as they stopped several drug smuggling attempts and seized over a $1 million in drugs. 

The first five smuggling attempts were stopped at the Dennis DeConcini crossing, thanks to some help from a few CBP canines. More than 17 pounds of cocaine and 5 pounds of meth were discovered in a Chevy truck being driven by a 33-year-old woman from Mexico, who had a SENTRI card.  According to the CBP release she was pulled for secondary inspection, where the K9 alerted to the center console of the truck. Officers found a hidden compartment with the bundles inside.  The drugs combined were worth an estimated $212,000. Her SENTRI card was seized and she faces drug smuggling charges. 

A second incident involved a 21-year-old man, a U.S. citizen and the Dodge hatchback he was driving. Officers pulled him for inspection after a K9 alerted to the vehicle.  Officers found 14 pounds of cocaine inside the vehicle's rear quarter panel.  The drugs were worth an estimated $154,000. 

For a third time Thursday night, CBP officers pulled a vehicle after a K9 alerted to it. A Ford sedan, driven by a 25-year-old from Mexico was searched and nearly 17 pounds of cocaine was found in the center console.  The drugs were worth an estimated $187,000.  

Officers pulled a GMC SUV, driven by a 35-year-old woman, a U.S. citizen after the K9 alerted to the vehicle.  CBP officers searched and found nearly 96 pounds of methamphetamine hidden throughout the vehicle.  The bundles were worth over $287,000. 

A fifth stop netted 51 pounds of methamphetamine from a Jeep driven by a 23-year-old woman from Mexico.  The bundles worth an estimated $154,000 were found in the vehicle's spare tire. 

CBP officers at the Mariposa crossing also stopped a smuggling attempt, pulling a 32-year-old man from Mexico for a secondary search of his Ford truck after a K9 alerted to it. Inside the truck's door panels officers discovered 4 pounds of methamphetamine, worth over $13,000. 

2.04kg Meth discovered in a Ford truck. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

(2.04kg Meth discovered in a Ford truck. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

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

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