More than $350k of drugs caught at border

More than $350k of drugs caught at border

Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

More than $350k of drugs caught at border

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by Jayson Chesler

azfamily.com

Posted on June 18, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 18 at 12:52 PM

SAN LUIS, Ariz. -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in San Luis and Douglas caught three separate attempted drug smuggling cases this weekend, according to press releases.

On Friday, in San Luis, a narcotics dog alerted officers to the presence of drugs in a Toyota sedan that a man was attempting to drive through the border. The officers found 21 packages of crystal meth in the car's doors and rear seats.

The methamphetamine weighed nearly 35 pounds in total and was worth nearly $104,000. The drugs and vehicle were both seized.

On Sunday, also in San Luis, officers sent a woman entering the border through its pedestrian crossing for further questioning. Officers found traces of marijuana within her handbag, which led to a search.

During the search, the officers found four packages of heroin wrapped around the woman's midsection. The heroin weighed more than ten pounds and have an estimated value of $141,000. The drugs were seized.

On Saturday, in Douglas, officers selected a Chevrolet SUV for further inspection. A narcotics dog then helped officers find marijuana within the truck's tires and underneath the hood.

The marijuana weighed more than 214 pounds and was valued at $107,000. The vehicle and drugs were both seized.

In addition to these cases, drugs valued at nearly a half a million dollars were seized in Nogales this weekend.

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