TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - Over the weekend the U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers stopped two smuggling attempts and arrested three people.
According to a CBP news release, the incidents took place over the weekend at the Port of Nogales, with the first happening at the Mariposa Crossing on Friday, May 10.
The stop occurred on the outbound side of the crossing, when officers stopped a Ford sedan. According to a CBP release, the officers found two large bundles of unreported U.S. currency, amounting to $96,000 hidden in the vehicle's rear seats. Both the driver of the vehicle, a 26-year-old man from Mexico and his passenger a 28-year-old, who was also a U.S. citizen were taken into custody.
Officers referred a 28-year-old man from Mexico for secondary inspection of his Toyota sedan on Sunday, May 12 after the CBP canine alerted to it at the Mariposa Crossing. A search turned up 30 packages of drugs in the vehicle's door panels. They contained nearly 10 pounds of heroin, worth an estimated $286,000; more than 27 pounds of methamphetamine, worth an estimated $82,000; and more than a pound and a half of fentanyl worth an estimated $56,000.
The money, drugs and both vehicles were seized by CBP officers, while all three suspects were arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.