CBP Intercepts Hard Drugs Valued at More than $380,000

50 pounds of meth was discovered in this improvised cubbyhole in a Jeep SUV

50 pounds of meth was discovered in this improvised cubbyhole in a Jeep SUV. Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

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August 7, 2016

Two Nogales, Sonora residents tried to smuggle more than 113 pounds of hard drugs across the border at the Port of Nogales in two separate attempts last Thursday. Both failed.

In the early morning hours of August 4, a 27-year-old woman from Nogales driving a Jeep SUV through the border crossing was flagged to secondary inspection, where Customs and Border Protection officials found an improvised compartment in the vehicle’s firewall. Inside the hiding space was more than 50 pounds of methamphetamine, with a value of more than $153,000. Also hidden in the vehicle was two pounds of heroin, worth more than $42,000.

Later that morning, a 23-year-old man from Nogales driving a Pontiac sedan was directed to secondary inspection, where a four-legged CBP official alerted his two-legged colleagues to the presence of more than 61 pounds of meth, valued at $185,000, hidden in the seats of the vehicle.

CBP officers seized the vehicles and drugs, and placed the two under arrest for referral to U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations.

Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection