Half a million dollars in heroin, meth seized at border

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The following news release was sent by U.S. Customs and Border Protection:

NOGALES - Customs and Border Protection at the Nogales port of entry had a busy weekend as they seized almost $500,000 of heroin and methamphetamine. This was a result of two different seizures within the same day.

On Friday, September 26, 2008, at about 6:00 p.m., a Mexican national driving a 1996 Ford Gran Marquis applied for entry into the United States at the Mariposa port of entry, Nogales, AZ The primary officer selected the vehicle for further inspection.As officers were conducting their inspection of the vehicle, they noticed discrepancies to the undercarriage.Officers discovered a single package of heroin weighing nearly three pounds concealed within the drive shaft of the vehicle.

Less than two hours later across the way, at the DeConcini port of entry, officers again conducting routine screening of passengers selected a2001 Nissan Maxima sedan for a more thorough inspection. During their inspection, officers discovered ten packages containing methamphetamine hidden in the rear panels of the vehicle.The total weight of the narcotics was almost 12 pounds.

The combined estimated street value of the heroin and methamphetamine is almost $500,000.00.

In both cases, the narcotics and vehicles were seized.The drivers of the vehicles were turned over to Immigration and CustomsEnforcement for further processing.

A criminal complaint is simply the method by which a person is charged with criminal activity and raises no inference of guilt.An individual is presumed innocent until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Field Operations is responsible for securing our borders at the ports of entry.U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers' primary mission is anti-terrorism; they screen all people, vehicles, and goods entering the United States, while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel into and out of the United States.

Their mission also includes carrying out traditional border-related responsibilities, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration law, protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases, and enforcing trade laws.

While anti-terrorism is the primary mission of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the inspection process at the ports of entry associated with this mission results in impressive numbers of enforcement actions in all categories.