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CBP: 8 arrested, nearly $800K in hard drugs intercepted in Nogales last week

In three days, Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers arrested eight people, including two U.S. citizens involved in multiple smuggling attempts, seizing a combined total of $800,000 in hard drugs, including methamphetamine, heroin, and cocaine, authorities said. 

On Tuesday, CBP officers at the Morley pedestrian crossing arrested a 25-year-old Phoenix woman, after discovering that she was carrying nearly a pound of methamphetamine hidden within "an unspecified body cavity," said Rob Daniels, a CBP spokesman. 

Around the same time, officers at the DeConcini crossing arrested a 27-year-old Nogales, Arizona woman after they found nearly 50 pounds of heroin and methamphetamine worth a combined $364,000 in her Ford van. 

On Wednesday, officers at the Morley crossing arrested a 22-year-old Mexican woman from Nogales, Sonora after they found she was carrying nearly a pound of methamphetamine worth more $3,000 in her clothes. 

At the nearby DeConcini crossing, a drug dog led officers to discover nearly five pounds of methamphetamine, worth nearly $15,000 in a Buick sedan. Officers arrested the driver, a 19-year-old Mexican man from Nogales, Sonora. 

Thursday, a drug dog led officers to find cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine worth a combined $346,600 hidden in a Volkswagen sedan. The driver, a 22-year-old Mexican man from Culican, Sinaloa was arrested, Daniels said. 

Later that day, a drug dog led officers to a combined $55,000 in cocaine and methamphetamine hidden in a Ford SUV. The driver, a 40-year-old Mexican man from Nogales, Sonora was arrested. 

Officers at the Mariposa arrested the driver and passenger of a Jeep SUV, after they found methamphetamine under their clothes. The 19-year-old male driver and his 22-year-old female passenger, both from Nogales, Sonora, were trying to smuggle nearly 3 pounds of methamphetamine worth more a combined $9,000, Daniels said. 

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Daniels did not identify those arrested by name, but said that they would all be handed over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

The drugs and vehicles were seized, Daniels said. 

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Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers seized a combined $364,000 in heroin and methamphetamine at the DeConcini crossing on Wednesday, arrested the 27-year-old driver, a woman from Nogales, Arizona.