Four smuggling attempts stopped in four days by CBP officers, canines

Four smuggling attempts stopped in four days by CBP officers, canines
Officers removed 24 pounds of meth from behind the bench seat of a smuggling vehicle (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
Smugglers attempted to hide meth within the door panels and firewall of a smuggling vehicle. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
Smugglers attempted to hide meth within the door panels and firewall of a smuggling vehicle. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

NOGALES, AZ (Tucson News Now) - No matter where the drugs were hidden by suspects, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers were able to locate the drugs and stop the smuggling attempts thanks to a little assistance from some canines at the Port of Nogales.

CBP officers stopped a 19-year-old Tucson man at the Dennis DeConcini Crossing, pulling his Chevy truck on Tuesday, March 13 after a CBP canine alerted to it.  Nearly 24 pounds of methamphetamine were found in the truck's bench seat.  The bundles were worth an estimated $73,000.

On Tuesday morning, CBP officers stopped a 44-year-old woman from Mexico at the pedestrian lanes of the DeConcini Crossing.  Again, a CBP canine helped alert officers to the possibility of drugs.  The woman was searched and officers discovered more than four pounds of heroin hidden beneath the woman's armpits.  The bundles were worth an estimated $77,000.

A 45-year-old woman from Tucson was also stopped at the pedestrian lanes of the DeConcini Crossing on Sunday, March 11 after a CBP canine alerted to a scent it was trained to detect.  Officers then found a half-pound of heroin hidden in the woman's crotch.  It was worth an estimated $10,000.

Officers at the Mariposa Crossing also had some canine assistance finding and stopping a smuggling attempt on Friday, March 9.  A Dodge sedan, driven by a 43-year-old woman from Nogales, AZ was pulled for secondary inspection. Officers then found nearly 38 pounds of methamphetamine, worth nearly $113,000 in the vehicle's door panels and firewall.

All vehicles and drugs were seized by CBP, while the suspects were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

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