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 to Mexico ended badly last Wednesday for a 36-year-old woman from Lynwood, California, when she tried to cross the Nogales international border in her GMC truck at the DeConcini Port of Entry. After initial contact with a CBP officer she was directed to the secondary inspection area, where a CBP drug-sniffing canine noticed a smell coming from her vehicle’s tires that was definitely not rubber.

A subsequent search by CBP officers revealed metal boxes that had been built into the truck’s tires. The boxes contained more than 128 pounds of methamphetamine, with a value of nearly $385,000.

Later that day, a 22-year-old man from Nogales, Mexico driving a Jeep SUV was flagged for secondary inspection at the Nogales Mariposa Port of Entry. There, CBP officials discovered 28 pounds of hard drugs valued at $264,000 hidden in the vehicle’s seats.

CBP officials found in the Jeep more than nine pounds of meth, worth more than $28,000; nearly 14 pounds of cocaine, worth approximately $158,000; and almost five pounds of heroin, valued at more than $78,000.

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

Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection