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 attempts.

On Friday, October 29, a 62-year-old man from Nogales, Arizona was trying to cross the Nogales international border from Mexico into Nogales, Arizona on foot at the Morley Gate when a packaged of tortillas he was carrying failed the canine drug-sniffing test.

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers then located nearly three pounds of meth hidden in the tortillas. The drugs were valued at approximately $9,000.

The next day, on Saturday, October 30, a 23-year-old male U.S. citizen who lives in Santa Ana, Sonora was attempting to cross the Nogales international border from Mexico into Arizona at the DeConcini Port of Entry in downtown Nogales.

CBP officials searched the Chevy SUV the man was driving, and located approximately 26 pounds of meth hidden in the vehicle’s trunk. The meth had an estimated value of $78,000.

The vehicle and drugs were seized, and both suspects were arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations.

Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection