October 3-5 Nogales seizures of meth and heroin

October 6, 2016

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials were busy during the first three days of the first week of October. From Monday, October 3 to Wednesday, October 5, CBP officials made three vehicular and one pedestrian drug busts involving quantities of methamphetamine and heroin with a total value of $477, 900.

October 3

A 33-year-old man from Nogales, Arizona was arrested on Monday, October 3 after CBP officials at the DeConcini Port of Entry found approximately 18 pounds of methamphetamine, worth $55,000, in the rocker panels of his Honda sedan as he was attempting to cross the border from Mexico to Nogales, Arizona.

October 4

A 17-year-old Mexican teenager who was attempting to cross the Nogales international border on foot at the DeConcini pedestrian crossing was taken to the secondary inspection area.

There, CBP officials found nearly 1.5 pounds of methamphetamine, worth approximately $4,400, hidden in the “groin area” of his clothing.

October 5

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers apprehended a 25-year-old woman from Sahuarita, Arizona after drugs were found in her vehicle as she attempted to cross the Nogales International border at a Nogales port of entry on Wednesday, October 5.

A CBP drug-detection dog assisted CBP officers in locating more than 33 pounds of methamphetamine that was hidden in the floor of her Chevrolet sedan. The meth was valued at nearly $100,000. The CBP media release did not mention whether the bust occurred at the DeConcini or Mariposa Port of Entry.

Also that Wednesday, CBP officials assisted by a narcotics-detection dog at the DeConcini Port of Entry located nearly 14 pounds of heroin and almost 27 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in a Ford SUV attempting to cross the Nogales international border from Mexico into Arizona. The vehicle was driven by a 23-year-old man from Magdalena de Kino, Sonora, and the drugs had a combined value of $318,500.

CBP seized the vehicles and drugs, and the alleged smugglers were sent to the U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations unit.

Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection