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CBP: Nearly $650K in heroin, cocaine, and meth seized in Nogales

Nearly 156 pounds of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine — worth almost $650,0000 — were intercepted by Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers in two seizures on Wednesday, authorities said.

Officers at the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry arrested a 36-year-old woman from Lynwood, California after a drug dog led officers to discover nearly 128 pounds of methamphetamine worth nearly $385,000 hidden in the tires of her GMC truck, said CBP spokesman Rob Daniels. 

The drugs were stashed in custom-made metal boxes made to fit around the wheel, and hidden within the vehicle's tires. 

Later that day, CBP officers at the Mariposa crossing arrested a 22-year-old Mexican man from Nogales, Sonora after they found a combination of drugs stashed in his Jeep SUV, Daniels said. 

CBP officers found almost 14 pounds of cocaine, worth around $158,000; about five pounds of heroin, worth more than $78,000; and nearly nine pounds of methamphetamine worth more than $28,000 in the vehicle, Daniels said. 

CBP seized the drugs and vehicles and those arrested were handed over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, Daniels said. 

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A custom box made to fit inside the tires of a GMC truck found to contain methamphetamine. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Dennis DeConcini port intercepted 128 pounds of the drug worth nearly $385,000.