BP officers, canines stop smuggling attempt after drugs found in - Tucson News Now

BP officers, canines stop smuggling attempt after drugs found in shoe

A drug smuggler attempted to cross through the pedestrian lanes when it was alerted to by a CBP narcotics detection canine. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection) A drug smuggler attempted to cross through the pedestrian lanes when it was alerted to by a CBP narcotics detection canine. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
Officers seized 27 pounds of cocaine from within the rear quarter panel of a smuggling vehicle. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection) Officers seized 27 pounds of cocaine from within the rear quarter panel of a smuggling vehicle. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
NOGALES, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Two people are now in custody after U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers stopped two smuggling attempts at the Port of Nogales last week. 

According to a CBP news release the failed smuggling attempts occurred on Thursday, March 1. The first attempt was by a 37-year-old woman, who was pulled for secondary inspection after a CBP canine alerted to her Ford Mustang at the Dennis DeConcini Crossing. 

Officers searched the vehicle and found 27 pounds of cocaine, worth more than $301,000, in one of the vehicle's rear quarter panels. 

A second attempt was made by a 40-year-old man at the Mariposa Crossing.  A CBP canine alerted to the man, officers then searched the man and discovered more than two pounds of heroin in his shoe.  The drugs were worth an estimated $7,300. 

The drugs and vehicle were seized by CBP officers, according to the release and both the man and woman were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

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