Over $268K Worth of Drugs Seized at Border Crossing

Over $268K Worth of Drugs Seized at Border Crossing

On Friday, September 5, 2014, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Mariposa Crossing in Arizona encountered a Chrysler van driven by a 20-year-old Mexican woman. When referred for secondary examination, a canine sniff alerted to the presence of narcotics inside the van. Officers then conducted a search of the vehicle and uncovered almost 26 pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $78,000.

The following day, Saturday, September 6, 2014, officers at the Dennis DeConcini pedestrian crossing came across a 29-year-old Mexican man attempting to enter the U.S. The man was selected for further questioning and a canine sniff yielded a positive alert to the presence of drugs. Upon a search of the man’s suitcases, he was found to be carrying close to 8 pounds of cocaine with an estimated street value of $80,000.

That same day, officers at the Dennis DeConcini Port also stopped out with a 37-year-old Mexican woman driving a Nissan sedan. Following a positive alert by a drug dog, officers searched the woman’s vehicle and located 11 packages of methamphetamine hidden inside the dashboard. This find weighed in at more than 16 pounds with an estimated street value of $48,000.

All three Mexican nationals were taken into custody and turned over to Homeland Security Investigations. Their vehicles and narcotics were seized as evidence.

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