NOGALES, AZ (KOLD News 13) - In three separate incidents U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized nearly 268 pounds of heroin, fentanyl and methamphetamine at the Nogales Port of Entry.
The first incident occurred early Thursday morning, April 25 at the Dennis DeConcini Crossing when a Sahuarita woman had her Dodge sedan pulled for secondary inspection. After the CBP canine alerted to the vehicle, officers found 90 packages of drugs, consisting of nearly 78 pounds of methamphetamine, worth an estimated $233,000; more than 18 pounds of heroin, worth more than $489,000; and more than four pounds of fentanyl, worth more than $56,000.
A second drug smuggling attempt was stopped at the Mariposa Crossing, when a Hyundai SUV was pulled for secondary inspection on Friday morning, April 26. According to the release a couple from Mexico were driving, when the CBP canine alerted to the SUV. A search turned up several packages of drugs in a compartment beneath the rear seat. The drugs consisted of more than 42 pounds of fentanyl, worth $573,000; nearly 83 pounds of heroin, worth an estimated $2.2 million; and nearly four pounds of meth, worth almost $11,000.
On Sunday evening, April 28 the third drug smuggling attempt was stopped at the Dennis DeConcini Crossing. A 26-year-old man from Mexico had his Infinity sedan pulled for a search after the CBP canine alerted to the vehicle. Officers found nearly 34 pounds of methamphetamine, worth an estimated $102,000 and nearly six pounds of fentanyl, worth an estimated $79,000.
CBP officers seized the drugs and vehicles, while the suspects were arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.