CBP officers seize meth, pot and illegal currency over weekendPosted: Updated:
TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers seized almost 1,000 pounds of narcotics and nearly $30,000 in illegal currency at Arizona's ports of entry over the weekend.
A 31-year-old Tucson man attempting to enter the United States on Sunday through a Dennis DeConcini Port vehicle lane was referred for a secondary inspection of his Ford sedan.
A narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs and officers discovered more than 13 pounds of methamphetamines worth an estimated $201,500, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Officers conducting outbound inspections Saturday referred a 61-year-old Mexican woman for secondary inspection and found more than $10,000 concealed in her waistband.
Also on Saturday, a 32-year-old Mexican man attempted to enter the United States at the Dennis DeConcini Port and was referred for a secondary inspection of his Chevrolet truck, which was towing a trailer.
Officers discovered 120 packages of marijuana concealed inside the trailer. The narcotics weighed more than 190 pounds and had an estimated value of $95,000.
Officials said a 32-year-old Mexican woman was caught trying to smuggle marijuana into the United States on Friday. Officers searched her vehicle at the Lukeville Port and removed 64 packages of marijuana from the door panels. The narcotics weighed more than 112 pounds with an estimated value of $56,000.
Following each incident, the subjects were arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.
"CBP officers in Arizona continue to use their keen observational skills in intercepting dangerous drugs," said David Higgerson, CBP director of Field Operations in Arizona. "It is their devotion to our mission that exemplifies the level of dedication they display in the protection of our country."