Nogales CBP arrest six and seize $1.55 million in drugs over weekend

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CBP officers assigned to the Port of Nogales locate and remove cocaine and meth from a smuggling vehicle, worth more than $171k. By Mike Gertzman CBP officers assigned to the Port of Nogales locate and remove cocaine and meth from a smuggling vehicle, worth more than $171k. By Mike Gertzman
A total of seven packages of hard drugs are removed from the inside of a Ford SUV, being used as a smuggling vehicle. By Mike Gertzman A total of seven packages of hard drugs are removed from the inside of a Ford SUV, being used as a smuggling vehicle. By Mike Gertzman
Hidden compartments are discovered by CBP officers in Nogales, where meth was hidden. By Mike Gertzman Hidden compartments are discovered by CBP officers in Nogales, where meth was hidden. By Mike Gertzman
CBP officers at the Port of Nogales locate packages of meth concealed within the door panels. By Mike Gertzman CBP officers at the Port of Nogales locate packages of meth concealed within the door panels. By Mike Gertzman
Smugglers used the shape of a vehicle bumper to fill with meth, which was detected by officers at the Port of Nogales. By Mike Gertzman Smugglers used the shape of a vehicle bumper to fill with meth, which was detected by officers at the Port of Nogales. By Mike Gertzman

NOGALES, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection arrested six people during the weekend who were allegedly involved in separate drug-smuggling attempts.

Within three days, CBP officers at the Port of Nogales seized methamphetamine and cocaine weighing about 206 pounds and at a value of more than $1.55 million total. Tucson residents and Mexican nationals crossing the border were involved in the smuggling attempts.

On Friday, September 20, officers arrested a Tucson woman, 36, after they found about 17 pounds of cocaine and more than a pound of methamphetamine inside compartments of a Ford SUV. The woman was a SENTRI trusted traveler, and her SENTRI card was revoked. The drugs she carried are valued at more than $171,000.

A man from Mexico, 24, was taken into custody on Saturday, September 21, after a CBP narcotics canine detected drugs inside the bumper of his Chevrolet sedan. The man was carrying about 55 pounds of methamphetamine, valued at more than $846,000.

Officers arrested a driver and passenger from Tucson, both 42, when a service canine discovered more than 102 pounds of marijuana inside the floor of their Chevrolet sedan. The marijuana is estimated to be worth $46,000.

Later Saturday afternoon, a Mexican man, 31, was arrested while trying to cross into the U.S. carrying more than 31 pounds of methamphetamine. The drugs, valued at about $485,000, were found inside the doors of the man’s Nissan sedan by a CBP canine.

The final arrest involved a Tucson woman, 22, who attempted to leave the U.S. in a stolen Ford F350 pickup truck. CBP officers confirmed the vehicle was stolen from the Phoenix area and the woman was brought to Nogales Police for further questioning.

The other five subjects arrested during the weekend are being handled by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.