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Halloween seizures scare up $565K in drugs across Arizona

Customs and Border Protection officers seized aabout $565,000 in drugs and arrested six in separate smuggling incidents across Arizona's ports of entry this weekend, authorities said.

In Nogales, CBP officers seized five pounds of cocaine and 78 pounds of methamphetamine in three separate incidents between Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. 

On Friday, officers working at the Mariposa Port of Entry arrested a 21-year old man from Nogales, Sonora after a secondary inspection turned up 18 pounds of methamphetamine worth close to $54,000 hidden in the bumper of his Mercury sedan, a news release said.

The same day, officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing arrested a 62-year old woman also from Nogales, Sonora after a drug dog alerted to the presence of drugs in her Isuzu SUV. An inspection revealed nearly five pounds of cocaine worth $52,000 and 46 pounds of meth worth almost $137,000 hidden in the vehicle's rear quarter panels.

On Saturday, officers at Mariposa arrested a woman from Goodyear, Ariz. after a drug dog helped officers find 14 pounds of meth worth more than $42,000 in the rear seats of her Dodge sedan, the release said.

In Naco, officers arrested a 26-year old Mexican man for attempting to smuggle 60 pounds of marijuana through the port on Saturday.

Customs and Border Protection officers arrested Jose Humberto Osuna-Carvajal after officers turned up 57 packages of marijuana worth an estimated $30,000. A drug dog helped officers find the marijuana hidden compartments in the floor of his Mercedes sedan.

Meanwhile in Douglas, officers arrested two people for smuggling attempts on Saturday.

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Officers arrested Douglas resident Rosalylya Espinosa-Lopez, 30, when a drug dog detected nearly 246 pounds of marijuana worth $123,000 hidden in the bumper and body of her Pontiac sedan.

Later that day, Manuel De Jesus Lopez-Montano, 65, was arrested for attempting to smuggle nearly 255 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $127,000, stashed in his Dodge truck.

All five were handed over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and the vehicles and drugs were seized, the release said.

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Methamphetamine stuffed into the front bumper of a Mercury sedan, part of an 18-pound load found during an inspection Friday at the Mariposa Port of Entry.