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Nogales CBP officers make 2nd-largest heroin seizure in Tucson office history

Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers made the second largest seizure of heroin in the Tucson Field Office's history on Saturday when they found 88 pounds of heroin worth nearly $1.5 million in an SUV, authorities said. 

CBP officers at the Mariposa border crossing arrested a Mexican woman, identified only as a 50-year-old woman from Culiacan, Sinaloa, after a drug dog led officers to discover heroin in her Hyundai SUV, said Rob Daniels, a CBP spokesman. 

Officers also found 8 pounds of cocaine worth more than $90,000, Daniels said. 

Later that day, CBP officers at the nearby Dennis DeConcini crossing arrested a 56-year-old man, identified only as a resident alien living in Willcox, after they found 30 pounds of methamphetamine worth more than $96,000 in his Ford SUV, he said. 

All together, the total value of drugs seized Saturday was nearly $1.7 million.

A similar near record-breaking seizure of methamphetamine was intercepted by Nogales CBP officers at the Mariposa crossing early December. On Dec. 2, a drug dog led officers to discover just over $1 million in methamphetamine hidden in a shipment of Chinese vegetables. 

The largest seizure of heroin in Tucson Field Office history remains a cache of 101 pounds, worth more than $1.76 million, found by officers at the San Luis Port of Entry near Yuma, Arizona in October 2000, said Daniels. 

TucsonSentinel.com's original reporting and curation of border and immigration news is generously supported in part by a grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

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Packages of heroin found in a Hyundai SUV by Nogales-area CBP officers on Saturday. Nearly 88 pounds of the drug were found, representing the second-largest seizure of the drug in Tucson Field Office history.