NOGALES, Ariz. -- Customs and Border Protection officers in Nogales arrested a 21-year-old man after finding 1.2 pounds of heroin inside his shoes.
The Mexican national was apprehended Sunday at the Morley pedestrian crossing. The heroin was worth almost $17,000.
Officials said the man was one of four people apprehended in recent separate incidents involving attempts to smuggle a combined 119 pounds of hard drugs into the United States.
Two Tucson women were arrested in separate attempts to smuggle methamphetamine over the weekend. Officers at the Mariposa crossing inspected a 39-year-old woman's Chevrolet SUV Sunday night and located 25 packages of methamphetamine, weighing more than 38 pounds and worth nearly $116,000. On Saturday, officers at the DeConcini crossing arrested a 40-year-old after finding 76 pounds of meth worth more than $228,000 hidden in her vehicle.
Officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred a 34-year-old Mexican woman for further inspection of her Oldsmobile sedan as she attempted to enter the U.S. on Friday. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs in one of the wheel wells, officers discovered nearly 3.5 pounds of heroin worth approximately $49,000.
All drugs and vehicles were seized. The two Mexican nationals and two U.S. citizens were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.