NOGALES, AZ (Tucson News Now) - It was a busy weekend for U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and their K9 partners at the Port of Nogales, as they arrested four people and seized more than $1 million in methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine and Fentanyl, according to a CBP news release.
The first of three failed smuggling attempts was stopped on Friday, March 23 by officers working the Mariposa Crossing. An 18-year-old man from Rio Rico, driving a Honda sedan was pulled for secondary inspection. According to the release, after the vehicle was put on a lift, officers discovered more than 60 packages of drugs in the rear quarter panels and doors, consisting of more than 76 pounds of methamphetamine, worth an estimated $228,000 as well as nearly three pounds of heroin, worth over $51,000.
On Saturday, March 24 officers at the Dennis DeConcini Crossing stopped a 40-year-old woman from Mexico for a secondary search of her Nissan sedan, after a K9 alerted to it. More than 22 pounds of heroin, worth an estimated $391,000 and more than 30 pounds of methamphetamine worth more than $90,000 were discovered hidden in the vehicle's front and back seats.
Officers at the Dennis DeConcini Crossing on Sunday, March 25 pulled an Eloy couple for further inspection of their Mercury sedan after a K9 alerted to it. During the search CBP officers discovered several packages of various drugs hidden in the floor of the vehicle. Four pounds of Fentanyl, worth nearly $110,000, and nearly four pounds of cocaine, worth an estimated $44,000 were found inside the vehicle, along with more than four pounds of heroin, worth over $74,000 and nearly 11 pounds of methamphetamine worth nearly $32,000.
All four people were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations, while all the drugs and vehicles were seized by CBP officers.