TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - 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.