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CBP: Weekend haul at Arizona crossings turns up $606K in drugs

Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona ports in Lukeville and Nogales intercepted 284 pounds of drugs, worth a combined $606,000 last weekend and arrested four people in multiple smuggling attempts, authorities said. 

On Friday, CBP officers in Nogales intercepted nearly 100 pounds of methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine and marijuana in two separate smuggling attempts at the Mariposa crossing, said Rob Daniels, an agency spokesman. 

CBP officers arrested a 44-year-old Mexican woman from Nogales, Sonora, after a drug dog led the officer to 40 pounds of drugs, including cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin worth around $488,000 in rocker panels of her Cadillac sedan, saidDaniels.

Later that night, officers arrested a 20-year-old Mexican man from Magdalena, Sonora, after they found 52 pounds of marijuana worth around $26,000 in the gas tank of his Ford SUV, Daniels said. 

In Lukeville, CBP officers arrested a 22-year-old man from Yuma, identified only as a U.S. citizen, when a drug dog led to them to uncover 60 pounds of marijuana worth around $30,000 in the trunk and backseats of his Ford sedan. 

On Sunday, a 45-year old man from Tucson, also a U.S. citizen, was arrested when a drug dog alerted to the presence of drugs in the back doors and rockers panels of his Infiniti sedan, Daniels said. 

CBP officers found 124 pounds of marijuana, worth around $62,000 hidden in the vehicle, he said. 

The drugs and vehicles were seized, and those arrested were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

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Packages of cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine found in Cadillac sedan on Friday in Nogales.