Busy Weekend at Border reveals $821K in Narcotics

On Friday, August 1, 2014, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers at the Morley Pedestrian crossing in Nogales, Arizona, encountered a 33-year-old female U.S. citizen as she attempted to enter the United States. The female was questioned and a subsequent search of her person uncovered 6 pounds of heroin, valued at almost $87,000.

Around this same time, officers at the Mariposa crossing encountered a 42-year-old male Mexican national driving a Ford SUV. After being referred for further inspection, a canine sniff yielded a positive alert for the presence of narcotics with the SUV. Officers conducted a search and located 11 packages of cocaine, weighing over 27.5 pounds total, under the back seats. The estimated street value of this find is more than $288,000.

Soon after, officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred a Chevrolet truck for further inspection. A canine alerted to the presence of narcotics along the front and back seats, leading officers to find 22 packages of methamphetamine, valued at $91,000, and 5 packages of cocaine, valued at more than $135,700. The driver was identified as a 25-year-old female U.S. citizen.

Later that same evening, DeConcini officers also came across a Dodge sedan driven by a 21-year-old female Mexican national. Following a positive canine sniff in the area of the Dodge’s oil pan, officers located over 11.5 pound of heroin, valued at more than $162,000.

The next day, Saturday, August 2, 2014, DeConcini officers made yet another seizure when a Ford sedan driven by a 23-year-old female Mexican national was found to contain 19 pounds of methamphetamine, valued at nearly $57,000, in the rear quarter panel.

All five subjects were taken into custody and handed over to Homeland Security Investigations. Their narcotics and vehicles were seized.

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