Nogales CBP officers arrest 2, seize $1.2 million in heroin, methamphetamine

Nogales CBP officers arrest 2, seize $1.2 million in heroin, methamphetamine
Smugglers hid heroin and meth throughout a smuggling vehicle, including within the spare tire (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
Smugglers hid heroin and meth throughout a smuggling vehicle, including within the spare tire (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
Smugglers hid heroin and meth throughout a smuggling vehicle, including within the spare tire (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) - Two people were arrested and more than $1.2 million in heroin and methamphetamine was seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers at the Port of Nogales on Thursday, March 22.

CBP officers at the Dennis DeConcini Crossing stopped a Dodge truck driven by a 32-year-old man from Mexico for secondary inspection early Thursday morning.  According to a CBP news release a CBP canine alerted to the truck. Officers searched and discovered more than 47 pounds of heroin and 59 pounds of methamphetamine within the rear quarter panels, firewall, and spare tire.

In a second incident on Thursday, also at the DeConcini Crossing, officers stopped a Ford truck driven by a 33-year-old Tucson woman, for secondary inspection after a CBP canine alerted to it.  According to the news release, officers discovered more than 79 pounds of methamphetamine with the doors and firewall of the truck.

All the drugs in both incidents, worth a combined $1.2 million were seized by CBP officers, while the man and woman were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

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