NOGALES, Ariz. -- Customs and Border Protection agents stopped five separate incidents this weekend of people trying to smuggle methamphetamine while crossing the border, according to authorities.
One incident occurred Friday, authorities said, when officers from the Mariposa commercial facility referred a 57-year-old Mexican national trying to enter the U.S. for further questioning. Officers searched the man’s load of eggplants, finding nearly 41 pounds of meth, worth about $123,000.
According to authorities, three incidents occurred Saturday. The first involved officers at the DeConcini crossing referring a 31-year-old man from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for further inspection of his car. A drug-sniffing dog alerted officers to 12 packages containing 16 pounds of meth inside the car’s radiator. The packages of meth were valued at $49,000.
In the second incident Saturday, authorities said, officers at the DeConcini crossing arrested a 21-year-old Mexican national after finding 20 packages containing 29 pounds of meth inside the seats of his car. The value of the meth was more than $87,000.
The third incident involved officers referring a pedestrian attempting to enter the U.S. for additional questioning, authorities said. Officers found nearly seven pounds of meth strapped to the Tucson man’s stomach and back during a search. The value of the meth was estimated at $20,000.
On Sunday, officers found more than 8.6 pounds of meth strapped to the body of a 25-year-old woman, according to authorities. Officers had referred the woman, a Mexican national, for further questioning.
Authorities said all suspects were turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. All drugs and cars were seized.