3 Ariz. residents arrested for drug smuggling

3 Ariz. residents arrested for drug smuggling

3 Ariz. residents arrested for drug smuggling

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by Sarah Blais

azfamily.com

Posted on July 16, 2013 at 4:17 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 18 at 4:37 PM

NOGALES, Ariz. -- Over the weekend, three Arizonans were arrested for attempting to smuggle almost 40 pounds of meth into the United States.

On Friday, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officers inspected a Ford SUV that belongs to 22-year-old Chandler resident Judy Adilene Aguirre. A narcotics dog alerted them of drugs inside the rear cargo compartment, and officers removed 14 packages of meth, worth more than $225,000.

Then on Sunday, CBP says a narcotics dog found 14 packages of meth valued at more than $220,000 in the front bumper of Joaquin Vincente Lopez's Honda sedan. Lopez is 61 years old and a resident of Nogales.

Later Sunday, CBP caught a 34-year-old Fort Mohave woman with nine packages of meth, worth nearly $170,000. It was reportedly hidden in the gas tank of her Chevrolet SUV.

The drugs and vehicles have been processed for seizure, and the suspects were referred to Homeland Security Investigations.

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