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CBP dogs help seize $1.1M in drugs

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Posted at 3:46 PM, Jul 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-10 18:50:38-04

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized more than $1,100,000 in hard drugs with the help of narcotics detection canines over the weekend.

According to Rob Daniels with CBP, officers at the DeConcini crossing were alerted by a dog Friday to search a Honda SUV driven by a 40-year-old Mexican man. Officers discovered more than $73,000 in methamphetamine hidden near the vehicle's spare tire.

The next day at the same crossing, a narcotics detection canine helped find $297,000 worth of cocaine in a Ford SUV driven by a 43-year-old Nogales, Arizona man. 

A short time later at the Mariposa crossing, a dog found $450,000 worth of cocaine in the center console of a Ford sedan driven by a 35-year-old Mexican woman.

On Sunday night, a canine alerted officers to search a 26-year-old Mesa woman's vehicle at the DeConcini crossing. Agents found $300,000 worth of cocaine.

All four people were arrested for narcotics smuggling and were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.