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Customs stops 600 pounds of cocaine, 140 pounds of meth from entering black market

Nearly an estimated street value of $10 million in total
Posted at 10:14 AM, Mar 01, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-01 15:49:14-05

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — The U.S. Customs and Border Protection has recently kept hundreds of pounds of drugs, undeclared money and ammunition from entering into the Arizona black market.

According to the federal agency, the narcotics and capital seized have an estimated street value nearing $10,000,000.

Agents from the Port of Nogales reveal the total as:

  • 615 pounds of cocaine
  • Nearly 40,000 fentanyl pills
  • 143 pounds of methamphetamine
  • Nearly $30,000 of undeclared currency
  • 754 assorted rounds of ammo/magazines

"Continued layered enforcement actions and our entire team’s joint efforts are key to fulfilling our mission of protecting the homeland." Nogales Area Port Director Michael Humphries shared. "Our officers are keeping deadly drugs off our streets and preventing illegal proceeds and ammunition from reaching the hands of transnational criminal organizations."

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

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