Nogales CBP Officers Seize $355K of Illegal Drugs

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The on-going battle against illegal drugs entering the United States continues when recently, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Nogales arrested two U.S. citizens Thursday after finding more than 46 pounds of hard drugs during separate smuggling attempts.

Officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred a Ford Freestyle driven by a 20-year-old Nogales, Ariz. man when he attempted to enter the United States on Thursday afternoon.

A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted officers to the vehicle’s roof where they found and removed nearly 26 pounds of cocaine, worth $293,000.

Officers discovered and seized 26 pounds of cocaine from within the headliner of a smuggling vehicle.

Earlier that morning, officers at the DeConcini crossing referred a Dodge Charger driven by a 20-year-old Sahuarita, Arizona man for further inspection. A canine led officers to the vehicle’s rear quarter panels, where they removed almost 21 pounds of meth. The drugs are worth nearly $62,000.

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Officers arrested both suspects for narcotics smuggling, and turned them over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. CBP officers also seized the vehicles and drugs.

A day earlier, at the Raul Hector Castro Port of Entry in Douglas, Arizona, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested two Mexican nationals and seized more than 300 pounds of marijuana in separate smuggling attempts Wednesday.

Officers referred a Chevy truck driven by a 35-year-old man for further inspection that morning. Subsequently, a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the vehicle, which led officers to discover more than 274 pounds of marijuana, worth more than $137,000, hidden throughout the truck.

That afternoon, officers referred a Ford truck driven by a 64-year-old man for an additional inspection. A canine alerted officers to search the spare tire beneath the truck bed, where they removed nearly 38 pounds of marijuana, worth almost $19,000.

Officers seized those drugs and both trucks.

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