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$683k in hard drugs seized at Az border crossings

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers have seized $683,000 in heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine at Arizona ports from multiple smuggling attempts in the past week, according to the agency. 

Officers the Dennis DeConcini crossing in Nogales arrested a 26-year-old woman Sunday after they found nearly six pounds of heroin, worth more than $79,000, hidden in a suitcase in her Chevrolet sedan, authorities said.

On Tuesday, officers at the Port of San Luis arrested 19-year-old Elidia Margarita Espero-Obeso from Victorville, Calif., after a drug dog led officers to nearly 40 pounds of cocaine, worth more than $432,000, stashed in a false-floor compartment of her Mitsubishi SUV, the CBP release said.

At the Port of Nogales on Wednesday, officers arrested Francisco Arturo Hernandez-Millanes, 45, from Hermosillo, Son., after a drug dog detected the presence of drugs in the rear bumper of the Ford Mustang he was driving, CBP said.

Officers pulled apart the rear bumper and found a compartment that contained 43 pounds of methamphetamine, worth more than $128,000, and three pounds of heroin worth about $44,000, the release said.

CBP seized the drugs and vehicles, and handed over each suspect to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

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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CBP officers at the Port of Nogales found 43 pounds of methamphetamine and three pounds of heroin in a secret compartment built into the bumper of a Ford Mustang.