Nogales Border Drug BustsA Compilation of the Latest Drug Smuggling Stories
Nogales Drug Smuggling and Border Crime
Nogales, Arizona is a major international destination for illegal drugs crossing the southern border into the United States. In fact, it seems like every week there is another huge drug bust at the Mexican border at Nogales.
This has especially been true since the expansion of the Mariposa Port of Entry, which has not only facilitated the flow of products into Arizona from south of the border, but also an increased volume of illicit drugs, as entire drug stash warehouses have been discovered on both sides of the border, in Nogales, Mexico and Nogales, Arizona.
Nogales border drug interdiction news stories can be sad and sensational. Using elderly women and children as drug mules. Entire semi loads of marijuana hidden under watermelons or other produce. Individuals who swallow condoms filled with drugs or hide them inside of body orifices.
But as the official reports of drug seizures become more frequent and receive wide distribution and news media coverage, it becomes more difficult to gauge their cumulative impact. Sensational amounts of drug seizures are replaced by even new records for drug hauls, individual stories that do not show the consolidated impact of the international drug smuggling efforts.
That is why, in August of 2016, we began to track the published reports of Nogales border drug interdictions and present them in one place – here, in this blog. This way, rather than just chasing the random drug seizure headlines, you can see an ongoing stream of the history of drug busts. We will also publish summaries, potential trends and other analyses, to make this the best source of information regarding the border drug apprehension efforts and successes in the Nogales border region.
35 Pounds of Meth Seized with Passenger Vehicle February 7, 2017 Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials stopped a suspected drug smuggler on Saturday, February 4 and seized a large amount of methamphetamine that was hidden in his vehicle. A 33-year-old Mexican...read more
120 Pounds of Coke, Meth and Heroin Seized February 1, 2017 From Friday through Sunday of last week, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials stopped two U.S. citizens and one Mexican national accused of smuggling illegal hard drugs in their vehicles at the...read more
Major Nogales Commercial Port Busts and Vehicular Seizures January 28, 2017 From December 20 to 23, four Nogales international Customs and Border Protection (CBP) border drug interdictions resulted in seizures of 2,433 pounds of drugs valued at $4,689,000. The first...read more
184 Pounds of Heroin, Coke, Meth and Marijuana January 27, 2017 From Sunday, December 11 to Friday, December 16, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seized a combined 184 pounds of drugs with a total estimated value of approximately $923,000. On December 11, CBP...read more
Meth and Marijuana Seized at Nogales International Ports January 27, 2017 In a three-day period during the first full week of December 2016, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) intercepted quantities of methamphetamine and marijuana with a combined value of nearly...read more
80 Pounds of Meth, Coke and Heroin January 27, 2017 Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers started the month of December 2016 with three drug seizures at the Mariposa and DeConcini Nogales international ports of entry. The drug interdictions netted nearly 80...read more
Marijuana and Methamphetamine worth $1.86 Million January 27, 2017 After two weeks of no reported border drug seizures at Nogales international ports of entry, two Mexican commercial truck drivers were arrested during the fourth week of November 2016 in separate...read more
Major Seizures of Cocaine, Heroin and Meth January 23, 2017 Two middle-aged Mexican nationals were arrested in separate attempts to smuggle hard drugs across the Nogales international border on Saturday, January 21, as Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers and...read more
Joint Border Patrol – Air and Marine Operations (AMO) Effort November 22, 2016 A joint operational effort by the U.S. Border Patrol and Air and Marine Operations (AMO) netted a major haul of marijuana that was seized near Nogales after it was abandoned by fleeing drug...read more
Seven busts yield more than $1 million in meth and cocaine November 13, 2016 From November 1 to November 7, 2016, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials intercepted approximately 170 pounds of hard drugs valued at $1.05 million and arrested three Arizona women,...read more