Customs and Border Protection
CBP officers arrest 2, seize cocaine and heroin
Two Mexican nationals were arrested in separate incidents for attempting to smuggle 26 pounds of cocaine and 5 pounds of heroin into the United States through the DeConcini Port of Entry in Nogales, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Tuesday.
Customs and Border Protection officers referred the 27-year-old driver of a sedan for a secondary inspection of the car on Friday after a CBP canine detected the scent of possible drugs, CBP said.
Officers found 26 pounds of cocaine, worth $300,000, that was wrapped into 11 packages inside the vehicle's flooring, CBP said.
On Saturday, officers working at the pedestrian crossing found six packages of heroin inside a 38-year-old woman's suitcase after an X-ray and CBP dog detected possible drugs. The heroin weighed 5 pounds and is valued at about $66,000, CBP said.
The man and woman were turned over ICE's Homeland Security Investigations and the drugs and vehicle were seized, CBP said.