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Border Patrol seize $153K of hard drugs at Nogales

Posted: 4:52 PM, Mar 13, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-14 14:58:29-04
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TUCSON, Ariz. — Officers of Federal Operations found $153,000 worth of methamphetamine and fentanyl at the Port of Nogales on on Tuesday.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers caught 46 pounds of methamphetamine and fentanyl from two separate drug seizures.

CBP Office of Field Operations Officers at the Mariposa Crossing referred a 25-year-old woman for further inspection of her car when she attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico Tuesday morning.

An alert by a CBP narcotics detection canine led the officers to seize more than 44 pounds of methamphetamine which was hidden within the rocker panels. The drugs are estimated to be worth $133,000.

That afternoon, CBP officers at the pedestrian entrance of Dennis DeConcini Crossing referred a 22-year-old U.S. citizen who is presently living in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for further questioning.

A search of the woman led to more than 1.5 pounds of fentanyl to be found inside her jacket and under her arms, with an estimated value of $21,000.

Officers seized the drugs and vehicles. The subjects were arrested and then turned over to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.