At least 210 pounds of hard drugs like fentanyl, methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin were seized in Nogales, Arizona, over the past week by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The seizures occurred during multiple vehicle inspections worth an estimated total of $1 million.
The first series of seizures occurred last Friday afternoon when officers working the Mariposa Pedestrian Border Crossing came in contact with 2 females, aged 20 and 22, who were sisters and citizens of Mexico. A CBP K-9 revealed that each had a package concealed internally, containing approximately 1 pound of fentanyl pills.
On Saturday morning, CBP officers working the Nogales Mariposa Crossing referred a 36-year-old female from Nogales, Sonora, in a Nissan sedan. A K-9 alerted to concealed compartments beneath the seats, that produced multiple packages containing over 61 pounds of methamphetamine and 4 pounds of fentanyl.
The next seizure occurred on early Tuesday morning when officers working the Dennis DeConcini Crossing contacted a 21-year-old Mexican male in a Toyota sedan. A K-9 alerted officers to concealed packages within the rocker panels. Over 6 pounds of fentanyl, 9 pounds of cocaine and 8 pounds of heroin were found.
The final seizure occurred this past Wednesday morning when CBP officers contacted a 40-year-old Phoenix women in a Buick sedan. A CBP K-9 led to the discovery of over 100 packages of methamphetamine hidden throughout the vehicle, weighing a total of 120 pounds.
CBP officers seized all drugs and vehicles involved in the smuggling attempts. Suspects were arrested and turned over to the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.