CBP Makes Four Drug Busts in Three Days

 

Packages of methamphetamine seized at the Nogales border

Packages of methamphetamine seized at the Nogales border

August 30, 2016

From last Thursday through the following Saturday, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials at the Mariposa and DeConcini Ports of Entry in Nogales seized more than $990,000 worth of cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana from vehicles driven across the border by three Mexican nationals and a U.S. citizen.

Thursday, August 25

Two arrests and seizures were made on Thursday, August 25, netting more than $575,000 worth of cocaine and methamphetamine.

A 41-year-old Mexican man was arrested after CBP agents at the DeConcini Port of Entry located more than 18 pounds of cocaine hidden in the Dodge truck he was driving. The coke was estimated to have a value of more than $204,000.

The other discovery and seizure of hard drugs that Thursday was at the Mariposa Port of Entry, where officials found 26 pounds of cocaine, with a value of $295,000, and more than 25 pounds of methamphetamine, valued at $78,000, hidden inside a Ford truck that was driven by a 42-year-old Mexican man.

Friday, August 26

On Friday, August 26, CBP officials at the Mariposa Port of Entry found a cache of cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine with a total value of more than $200,000 hidden in a Honda minivan driven by a female U.S. citizen who resides in Nogales, Mexico.

The seizure included: 11 pounds of cocaine, valued at nearly $125,000; 25 pounds of methamphetamine, valued at more than $75,000; and more than one pound of marijuana, with a value of more than $600.

Saturday, August 27

And on Saturday, August 27, a 30-year-old Mexican woman from the Sonora state capital of Hermosillo was referred to the secondary inspection area at the DeConcini Port of Entry. There, a drug-detection dog alerted his CBP colleagues to nearly 72 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in an improvised compartment in the rear cargo area of the vehicle. The value of the meth was estimated to be more than $215,000.

Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection