Three Drug Busts Yield 155 Pounds of Illegal Drugs


August 11, 2016

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers thwarted three smuggling attempts last weekend, intercepting 65 pounds of marijuana and 90 pounds of methamphetamine with a total value of $300,000.

Early Saturday morning, a 29-year-old Mexican national from Nogales, Sonora who was crossing the border at the DeConcini Port of Entry was found to have more than 57 pounds of meth, valued at $173,000, hidden in the rear bumper of his Buick SUV.

There were two more drug busts at Nogales Ports of Entry on Sunday.

The first occurred at the Nogales Mariposa Port of Entry, where a narcotics detection canine and CBP officials found 65 pounds of marijuana hidden in the gas tank of a Chevrolet truck driven by a 30-year-old woman from Santa Ana, Sonora. The pot was valued at $33,000.

And the third weekend seizure occurred at the DeConcini Port of Entry, where a canine and his uniformed companions searching a Chevrolet truck driven by a 34-year-old man from Agua Prieta, Sonora located 32 pounds of meth, valued at 96,000, hidden in the vehicle’s dashboard and cab.

CBP seized the vehicles and drugs, and turned the suspects over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations.

Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection