Nogales CBP officers seize $1.2 million of cocaine

Contributed Photo/Courtesy U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Officers removed packages of cocaine from the rocker panels of a smuggling vehicle, Monday. 

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

NOGALES – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Nogales arrested a Mexican national involved in connection with a failed smuggling attempt Monday.

CBP officers at the Dennis DeConcini Crossing SENTRI lane referred a 28-year-old Mexican woman for further inspection of her Dodge sedan, as she attempted to enter the United States on Monday afternoon. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to a scent it was trained to detect, officers discovered nearly two dozen packages, which were concealed within the vehicle’s rocker panels. The packages held nearly 51 pounds of cocaine, with an estimated value of in excess of $1.2 million.

Officers seized the drugs as well as the vehicle. The subject was arrested and then turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

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