Arizona CBP officers seize nearly $1 million in hard drugs Thursday and Friday

Contributed Photo/Courtesy U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Officers seized drugs that were taped to a man’s groin. 

Contributed Article/Courtesy U.S. Customs and Border Protection

NOGALES – U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations, officers at the Port of Nogales seized 58 pounds of cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, and prescription pills on Thursday.

Officers at the Dennis DeConcini Crossing referred a 43-year-old Mexican man for further inspection of his Chevy truck as he attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico early Thursday morning. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of a scent it was trained to detect, officers removed 10 packages of cocaine from within the dashboard and heater core. The packages weighed more than 26 pounds, worth nearly $633,000.

Early that afternoon, officers at the Mariposa Crossing referred a 22-year-old Tucson woman for an additional search of her Chevy truck as she attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico.

A CBP drug canine alerted officers to a non-factory compartment in the bed of the truck, where they found nearly 30 packages of methamphetamine. The meth weighed almost thirty pounds, worth nearly $90,000.

Thursday afternoon, officers at the Morley Pedestrian Crossing referred a 62-year-old Mexican man for further questioning when he attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico. A search of the man led to the discovery of nearly one-half pound of heroin, which was hidden in his groin. The drugs were valued at more than $39,000.

A short time later, Morley Pedestrian Crossing officers referred a 63-year-old Nogales, Arizona man for additional questioning as he attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico. When the man was searched, officers discovered three packages of drugs in his groin area. More than one-half pound of Xanax, Tramadol, and Oxycodone was packaged separately.

Yuma Sector seizes nearly $230K in methamphetamine

Contributed Photo/Courtesy U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Agents discovered meth within all four doors and the rear quarter panel.

Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents working at an immigration checkpoint seized almost 100 pounds of methamphetamine and made one arrest on Friday afternoon.

At approximately 3:00 p.m., Wellton Station agents working the Interstate 8 Immigration Checkpoint referred a tan 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee to the secondary inspection area after a K9 alerted to the vehicle.

Agents discovered multiple packages of a white substance concealed in all four doors of the vehicle and in a rear quarter panel. The substance tested positive for methamphetamine. The narcotics weighed 99.9 pounds with an estimated street value of $229,770.

The driver, a 42-year-old male lawfully admitted permanent resident from Mexico, was arrested for controlled substance violations. The vehicle and narcotics were seized.