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Posted Jun 13, 2012, 3:17 pm
Three people were arrested for attempting to smuggle cocaine and methamphetamine into the United States in two incidents since Friday at the DeConcini Port of Entry in Nogales, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Tuesday.
On Friday, a CBP narcotics canine alerted officers to possible drugs in a vehicle that was referred for secondary inspection. Officers found 12 packages of cocaine that weighed 31 pounds inside the truck's dashboard, CBP said.
The drugs, which are worth $283,000, and the truck were seized. The 32-year-old driver from Mexico was arrested and he was turned over to ICE's Homeland Security Investigations, CBP said.
On Saturday, officers at the port referred a 21-year-old woman and her 21-year-old female passenger for a secondary inspection. During a pat-down search of the women, officers found they each had packages of methamphetamine taped to their abdomens, CBP said.
The drugs, which weighed more than 2.6 pounds combined and are worth $41,000, and the vehicle were seized. The women, both of Mexico, were arrested and turned over to ICE's Homeland Security Investigations, CBP said.
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