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CBP: $522K in meth, cocaine, heroin seized in Nogales

Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers arrested three Mexican women from Nogales, Son., for attempted smuggling after officials found more than $522,000 in cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine in separate incidents over the weekend.

On Saturday morning, CBP officers at the Mariposa crossing arrested Lorenia Rodriguez-Garcia, 50, when a drug dog led officers to discover nearly 39 pounds of “hard drugs” in the rear seats of her Mazda sedan, the agency said in a news release. 

CBP estimated that the stash of methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin was worth more than $426,000.

Later that day, CBP officers at the Morley pedestrian crossing arrested Laura Alejandra Martinez-Soto, 18, after a dog alerted to the presence of drugs underneath her clothes. 

 Officers found more than two pounds of meth in two plastic bags marked “Juanito,” worth an estimated $6,000, the agency said.

On Sunday, officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing arrested Ana Laura Parra-Mendez, 33, after a dog alerted to the presence of drugs in her Honda SUV. Officers looked underneath the spare tire and found nearly 30 pounds of methamphetamine worth almost $90,000, the agency said.

CBP officers seized the drugs and vehicles, and handed the women over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

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Nearly 30 pounds of methamphetamine found underneath the spare tire of a Honda SUV, one of three seizures of 'hard drugs' made in Nogales over the Thanksgiving weekend.