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Nogales CPB seizes $1.3M in heroin and meth in four days

Officers found second largest seizure of heroin made in Tucson Sector

  • Officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing seized 52 pounds of methamphetamine hidden inside a Ford sedan Sunday. The load of drugs was one of four detected by drug dogs working at the port over the last few days.
    CBPOfficers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing seized 52 pounds of methamphetamine hidden inside a Ford sedan Sunday. The load of drugs was one of four detected by drug dogs working at the port over the last few days.
  • Methamphetamine hidden in the oil pan, one of three smuggling attempts caught by officers at the Nogales ports of entry on Sunday.
    CBPMethamphetamine hidden in the oil pan, one of three smuggling attempts caught by officers at the Nogales ports of entry on Sunday.

Customs and Border Protection officers continue to scoop up large amounts of "hard drugs" in Arizona ports over the last week.

In addition to more to seizures totaling more than $500,000 in heroin and methamphetamine at the San Luis and Douglas Ports of Entry, officers in Nogales grabbed more than $1.3 million in heroin and methamphetamine in the last four days, according to a release from the agency.

On Tuesday, officers working at the Mariposa crossing arrested a Mexican man after a drug dog led officers to narcotics hidden in the rocker panels of his Chrysler sedan. Stashed away in the vehicle was 64 pounds of heroin, worth nearly $905,000, and almost four pounds of methamphetamine worth nearly $12,000, the release said.

The load of heroin was the second largest seizure of its kind for officers in the Tucson Sector. 

On Saturday, officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing arrested a 45-year old Nogales, Arizona man after a drug dog helped officers discover a compartment, hidden in the rear seats of his Oldsmobile SUV. Inside the compartment was 12 pounds of heroin, worth almost $165,000, and more than two pounds of methamphetamine worth nearly $6,500.

The next day, officers at the DeConcini crossing took a closer look at a Dodge sedan and found a single package of narcotics hidden in the oil pan. Officers arrested a 20-year old Mexican man for attempting to smuggle 8.5 pounds of methamphetamine worth more than $25,000.

Later that day, officers also stopped a Ford sedan and a drug dog alerted to the presence of drugs. Officers removed 52 pounds of methamphetamine worth $155,000 from the rear quarter panels and doors.

That night, officers arrested a 33-year old Mexican man under similar circumstances, after a dog alerted to drugs hidden in the gas tank of his Chevrolet truck. Inside officers found 24 packages of methamphetamine, worth more than $72,000, the release said.

Officers seized the vehicles and drugs, and referred all five to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

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