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Nogales port officers seize $563K in cocaine and meth

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized nearly $563,000 in methamphetamine and cocaine at the ports of entry in Nogales, much of it over the weekend. 

On Thursday, officers at the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry arrested a 21-year old man from Nogales, after a drug dog helped CBP officers find 18 pounds of methamphetamine worth around $53,000 in the backseat of his Volkswagen sedan, a news release from the agency said.

Friday, officers arrested a Mexican couple after a dog alerted to the presence of drugs and officers found 12.5 pounds of methamphetamine worth more than $37,000 hidden in the quarter-panels and trunk of their Chrysler sedan, the release said.

The largest seizure was on Sunday, when CBP officers at the Mariposa crossing discovered 10 packages containing 28.6 pounds of cocaine, worth more than $299,000, after a drug dog alerted to the rear trunk of a vehicle, the release said.

Also on Sunday, CBP officers arrested a 30-year-old man from Nogales after officers found 15 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in the fuel tank of his Ford truck. Later that day, CBP officers arrested a 25-year-old Mexican man and his 24-year old Mexican female passenger when the officers found 43 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in the rear bumper of a Ford sedan. The combined worth of the seizures was around $173,600, the release said.

All the drugs and vehicles were seized and those arrested were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations. 

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The backseat of a Volkswagen sedan, where CBP officers in Nogales found 18 pounds of methamphetamine, worth nearly $53,000.