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CBP seizes $2 million in drugs and arrest 8

Posted at 2:52 PM, Apr 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-27 17:52:44-04

Customs and Border Protection Officers at the Port of Nogales arrested eight people and seized more than 500 pounds of illegal drugs last weekend, according to a press release. 

Officers arrested a 66-year-old man at the Mariposa crossing on April 25 after they located multiple packages in the firewall area of his vehicle. Officers found more than 29 pounds of cocaine worth almost $329,000. 

The day before officers arrested a 26-year-old man of Nogales, Ariz. at the Dennis DeConcini crossing when they located 24 pounds of methamphetamine worth almost $71,000 in the vehicle's quarter panels. 

On the same day, officers arrested a 25-year-old Phoenix woman at the same crossing when they found more than 27 pounds of methamphetamine worth more than $82,000 inside her vehicle. 

On April 23 at the DeConcini crossing, officers arrested a 32-year-old Mexican woman after they located more than 140 pounds of marijuana in the rear cargo area of her van worth nearly $70,000. 

Later in the day, officers arrested a 29-year-old Mexican woman and her 19-year-old female passenger after they attempted to enter the U.S. with more than 152 pounds of liquid meth in the fuel tank of her SUV worth almost $457,000. 

On April 22, a 51-year-old Tucson woman was arrested when she attempted to enter the U.S. at the Mariposa crossing. Officers located nearly 20 pounds of heroin worth more than $340,000 and more than 15 pounds of heroin worth more than $45,000 in the rear quarter panels of her SUV. 

Also on that day, officers arrested a 38-year-old Mexican woman at the DeConcini crossing after they found more than five pounds of heroin worth nearly $91,000 and also discovered more than 98 pounds of methamphetamine worth close to $295,000. Officers located these drugs after searching the woman's vehicle.

In the majority of these arrests, narcotics-detection canines assisted in the location of these illegal drugs. 

All drugs and vehicles were seized and the suspects have been turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.