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Nogales CBP nabs $3.7M in 'hard drugs' from cars; 4 arrested

Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers seized 268 pounds of heroin, fentanyl and methamphetamine worth a combined $3.7 million from private vehicles, and arrested four people, authorities said. 

A 31-year-old woman from Sahuarita was arrested early Thursday morning at the Dennis DeConcini border crossing after a drug dog led officers to 90 packages hidden throughout her Dodge sedan, said Rob Daniels, a spokesman for CBP. The packages contained three different drugs, worth around $778,000. 

This included nearly 78 lbs. of methamphetamine, worth around $233,000; more than 18 lbs. of heroin, worth more than $489,000; and 4 lbs. of fentanyl, valued at $56,000, Daniels said. 

On Friday morning, officers at the nearby Mariposa crossing arrested a 48-year-old Mexican man and his 43-year-old wife, after a drug dog led officers to nearly $2.8 million in drugs, stashed inside a compartment hidden beneath the rear seat of their Hyundai SUV, Daniels said. 

The SUV contained 83 lbs. of heroin, worth around $2.2 million; more than 42 lbs. of fentanyl, worth nearly $573,000; and nearly 4 lbs. of methamphetamine, worth nearly $11,000. 

On Sunday, officers at the DeConcini crossing arrested a 26-year-old man after a drug dog sniffed out packages containing $181,000 in drugs hidden in his Infinity sedan. Officers found 34 lbs. of methamphetamine, worth nearly $102,000, and nearly 6 lbs. of fentanyl, worth almost $79,000, Daniels said. 

CBP officers seized the drugs and vehicles, and the four people who were arrested were turned over to Homeland Security Investigations, a part of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. 

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Packages of methamphetamine and fentanyl found in a private vehicle in Nogales by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers.