Nogales CBP officers seize $806,000 worth of hard drugs

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

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 more than 90 pounds of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and fentanyl these past several days.

Friday afternoon, officers at the Mariposa Pedestrian Crossing referred a pair of Mexican sisters, ages 20-, and 22-years-old, for further questioning as they attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of a scent it was trained to detect.  A personal search revealed one package of drugs on each woman concealed internally. The packages were determined to contain almost a pound of fentanyl pills, worth more than $13,000.

Early Saturday morning, officers at the Mariposa Crossing referred a 36-year-old Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, woman for further inspection of her Nissan sedan as she attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico. Following an alert by a CBP canine, officers removed multiple packages from beneath the vehicle’s seats. The contents were determined to be just more than 61 pounds of methamphetamine, worth more than $183,000. They also seized nearly four pounds of fentanyl, worth just about $53,000.

Contributed Photo/Courtesy U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Packages of meth and fentanyl were discovered beneath the seats of a smuggling vehicle.

Early Tuesday morning, officers at the Dennis DeConcini Crossing referred a 21-year-old Mexican man for further inspection of his Toyota sedan. A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted officers to the presence of more than a dozen packages of drugs within the rocker panels of the vehicle. The drugs were determined to be more than six pounds of fentanyl, worth $87,000, more than nine pounds of cocaine, worth more than $229,000, and more than eight pounds of heroin, worth more than $241,000.

Officers seized the drugs and vehicles. The subjects were all arrested and then turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

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