Nearly $385,000 in heroin and meth seized

September 22, 2016

There were two pedestrians and two vehicle operators arrested for attempting to smuggle illegal drugs into Nogales, Arizona on Tuesday, September 20 and Wednesday, September 21. The total amount of methamphetamine and heroin seized was nearly $385,000.

September 20

A 25-year-old woman from Phoenix, Arizona who was attempting to cross the border on foot at the Morley Pedestrian Crossing in Nogales, was found to be carrying nearly a pound of methamphetamine, which she had concealed in an “unspecified body cavity.” The meth was valued at $2,900.

Just a short time later and approximately 100 yards west of the Nogales pedestrian drug seizure, a 27-year-old woman from Nogales, Arizona was approaching the DeConcini Port of Entry from Nogales, Mexico driving a white Ford minivan.

She was flagged for secondary inspection, where authorities found 50 pounds of methamphetamine and heroin. The drugs had a combined value of $364,000.

September 21

On September 21, a 22-year-old female Mexican national from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico who was attempting to cross the international border at Nogales on foot was flagged for inspection by Customs and Border Protection officials at the Morley Pedestrian Crossing.

A subsequent inspection revealed more than a pound of methamphetamine that was hidden in the crotch area of her clothing. The meth had a value of $3,000.

A 19-year-old man from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico driving a Buick sedan was attempting to cross the Nogales border at the DeConcini Port of Entry on September 21.

A CBP drug-detection dog alerted other CBP officials that something about the Mexican national’s vehicle did not smell right, and officials working in the secondary inspection area found nearly five pounds of methamphetamine, worth nearly $15,000.

Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection