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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. 

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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.