September 22 seizures of cocaine, meth and heroin

September 22, 2016

Four Mexican nationals, three from Nogales, Mexico and one from the state of Sinaloa, Mexico, were arrested at the DeConcini and Mariposa Ports of Entry on Thursday, September 22 and charged with attempting to smuggle drugs from Mexico into Nogales, Arizona.

On September 22, a 22-year-old Mexican man from Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico driving a Volkswagen sedan was attempting to cross through the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) station at the DeConcini Port of Entry when his vehicle attracted the attention of a CBP drug-detection dog.

During a subsequent search, CBP agents located quantities of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine in the Volkswagen. The drugs had a combined value of $346,600.

Also at the DeConcini crossing on September 22, a drug-detection canine alerted CBP officials to the presence of cocaine and methamphetamine hidden in a Ford SUV that was driven by a 40-year-old Mexican man from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. The drugs had a value of $55,000.

And at approximately the same time of day on September 22, CBP agents at the Mariposa border crossing had detained a Jeep SUV for secondary inspection, but found no drugs inside of the vehicle.

However, a subsequent inspection found that the driver of the vehicle, a 19-year-old male from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico and his passenger, a 22-year-old female also from Nogales, Mexico, were concealing three pounds of methamphetamine in their clothing. The combined value of the meth seized from the Mexicans was $9,000.

Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection