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 combined pounds of methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin valued at close to $565,000.

The first seizure occurred at the secondary inspection area of the Nogales Mariposa Port of Entry on December 2, where CBP officials located five pounds of cocaine with a value of $60,000 and four pounds of heroin valued at $75,000 hidden in the dashboard of a Volkswagen sedan driven by a 53-year-old man from Sapopan, Jalisco, Mexico.

The second drug interdiction was also at the Nogales Mariposa Port of Entry, on December 4. A 27-year-old man from Magdalena de Kino, Sonora, Mexico was attempting to cross the border in a Honda van with some hidden cargo. CBP officials seized almost 30 pounds of cocaine, with a value of $300,000, and close to eight pounds of methamphetamine, valued at $20,000, that was hidden in the van.

The third drug seizure in the first week of December also happened on December 4, at the Nogales DeConcini Port of Entry. There, a 23-year-old man who is a permanent resident alien living in Nogales, Arizona attempted to cross the Nogales international border from Mexico to Arizona in a Volkswagen sedan.

He was stopped for inspection by CBP officials, who found almost 30 pounds of methamphetamine, valued at more than $80,000, and nearly three pounds of cocaine, with a value of $30,000, hidden in his vehicle.

All vehicles and drugs were seized by CBP, and the three suspected drug smugglers were arrested and sent to the U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations unit.

Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection