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.
Seizure values increased over August and September totals November 2, 2016 United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers kept more than $3.2 million worth of illegal hard drugs off of America’s streets in October 2016 by finding and seizing them at the...read more
Hard drugs found in vehicle of Sonoran man November 1, 2016 A 34-year-old man from the town of Altar, Sonora attempted to cross the Nogales international border at the DeConcini Port of Entry on October 31. He was not successful. After arriving at the initial...read more
62-year-old Man Caught with Meth in His Tortillas November 1, 2016 A Nogales border pedestrian drug bust on Friday and a vehicle drug bust on Saturday yielded a confiscated total of 29 pounds of methamphetamine valued at $87,000 in late-October 2016 smuggling...read more
October 26 seizures of cocaine, meth and heroin October 28, 2016 A woman from California and a man from Nogales, Sonora both failed in separate attempts to transport a total of $649,000 worth of hard drugs across the Nogales international border on October 26. A visit...read more
Two vehicular, two pedestrian attempts totaling $655k October 21, 2016 Four individuals were apprehended in as many drug smuggling attempts at Nogales international ports of entry on Tuesday, October 18 and Wednesday, October 19, 2016. The total value of drugs seized...read more
Four Mexicans arrested in vehicles with meth, cocaine October 20, 2016 A half-million dollars in methamphetamine and cocaine were seized during three attempted Nogales drug smuggling attempts on October 14 and 15. Four Mexican nationals were arrested in connection...read more
Middle-aged Arizonans in vehicles with cocaine, meth October 13, 2016 A 58-year-old woman from Tucson and a 63-year-old Phoenix man were arrested in separate incidents where they allegedly attempted to smuggle $268,000 in hard drugs across the Nogales international...read more
October 8-9 seizures of meth and heroin October 10, 2016 Over the weekend of October 8-9, Port of Nogales Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers intercepted four shipments of heroin and methamphetamine with a combined value of $318,000 and arrested three Mexican...read more
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...read more
September 30 drug arrests and the September wrap-up September 30, 2016 The last two September Nogales border drug busts occurred on the last day of the month. A 59-year-old Mexican national driving a Nissan sedan was flagged for secondary inspection at the DeConcini...read more