Nogales CBP officers seize $200K in meth, arrest 2

More than 27 pounds of meth

Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

More than 27 pounds of meth were discovered and removed from a smuggling vehicle by CBP officers assigned to the DeConcini crossing.

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by Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 4 at 10:30 AM

NOGALES, Ariz. -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Nogales seized methamphetamine worth $200,000 and arrested two men in separate drug-smuggling attempts this week.

Officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred Jorge Humberto Lopez-Ramos, 64, of Mexico, for additional inspection of a GMC truck he attempted to drive through the port Tuesday morning.

A CBP narcotic detection canine alerted to the vehicle's driver-side door where officers discovered 27.5 pounds of methamphetamine worth an estimated $82,500.

On Monday, CBP officers at the Mariposa crossing referred Christian Ortiz, 31, a U.S. citizen living in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for a further search of his Chevrolet truck.

During the search, a drug detection canine alerted to the vehicle's front and back seats where officers found 39 pounds of meth worth an estimated $117,700.

The vehicles and drugs were seized. Both men were referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

 

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