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Weekend seizures uncover drugs and guns at border crossings, checkpoints

Weekend seizures by Customs and Border Protection officers uncovered 63 pounds of "hard drugs" at two Arizona border crossings, along with marijuana and two handguns at checkpoints. 

Four were arrested for drug smuggling at Arizona crossings, including three people arrested for trying to slip 63 pounds of cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin through the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry in Nogales, authorities said. 

On Saturday, CBP officers at the DeConcini crossing arrested Mexican national Clemente Cota-Quintero, 42, from Nogales, Son., after a drug dog led officers to discover 23 pounds of cocaine worth almost $243,000 in the glove compartment of his Buick SUV. 

Later in the day, CBP officers also arrested Andrea Medina, 34, of Tucson after an inspection of her Fiat sedan uncovered 24 pounds of methamphetamine worth nearly $73,000. 

On Sunday, officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing arrested Juan Andres Gonzalez, 39, also from Tucson,  after a drug dog led officers to 15 pounds of heroin worth nearly $214,000 hidden in a compartment above the spare tire of his Ford truck, authorities said.

In Douglas, officers at the Raul Hector Castro Port of Entry arrested Jonathan Rafael Melgoza, 18, on Saturday after an inspection of his Chevrolet SUV led to the discovery of 100 small packages of marijuana in the roof. 

CBP estimated that the packages, weighing around 133 pounds, were worth nearly $67,000. 

Officers seized the drugs and handed the suspects over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

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Meanwhile, on Sunday, Border Patrol agents at two checkpoints arrested five people, including two Mexican nationals, for smuggling attempts, seizing marijuana and two pistols. 

BP agents at the I-19 checkpoint near Amado arrested the driver and passenger of a four-door sedan after what agents called "suspicious activity" led them to open the trunk and find two hiding Mexican nationals, the agency said. 

Agents also found a 9mm handgun and two loaded magazines in the vehicle.

An hour later, at the Route 90 checkpoint, agents from the Willcox Border Patrol station arrested the driver of a Ford Mustang after a drug dog alerted to the presence of drugs. Inside the vehicle, agents found 27 bricks of marijuana worth approximately $15,000 and a .40-caliber handgun.

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Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a Tucson man when a drug dog led officers to 15 pounds of heroin worth nearly $214,000 hidden above the spare tire of his Ford Truck.