NOGALES, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers stopped several drug-smuggling attempts and intercepted a shipment of anabolic steroids at the Port of Nogales between Friday and Sunday.
CBP officers arrested Luis Gilberto Martinez-Martinez, 20, of Cajeme, Sonora, Mexico, after a narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs beneath the seats of his Nissan sedan Friday afternoon.
During a search of his vehicle, officers said they found six packages of cocaine with a total weight of more than 16 pounds. The cocaine was valued at more than $146,000. The officers also removed four packages of meth with a total weight of more than 4 pounds and a value of nearly $65,000.
In another incident Friday, officers arrested Mario Curiel-Miranda, 42, of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, after they found 22 boxes of anabolic steroids in his Ford SUV, according to CBP officials.
Officers referred Bryan Luis Bastida-Sanchez, 18, of Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, for an additional inspection of his Chevrolet truck Friday evening. Aided by a CBP narcotics detection canine, officers searched the vehicle and located 56 packages of marijuana weighing nearly 110 pounds hidden in the truck's gas tank and in a speaker box behind the back seats.
On Sunday, officers referred Jose Luis Bojorquez-Morales, 24, of Navojoa, Sonora, Mexico, for a secondary inspection of his Chevrolet sedan. A drug-detection dog alerted to the driver's side and officers removed 12 packages of marijuana weighing more than 96 pounds from the floor panels.
All of the drivers were referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations. The drugs and vehicles were processed for seizure.