$1 Million worth of drugs seized at Nogales border

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

NOGALES, Ariz. — Weekend drug seizures at the Port of Nogales resulted in the capture of more than 59 pounds of meth and nearly eight pounds of heroin. The drugs have an estimated total value of more than $1 million.
 
The drugs were discovered and seized in four separate cases.

Friday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred Juana Banda-Banda, 34, of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for additional inspection of her Nissan SUV. After a CBP drug-sniffing dog alerted officers about the vehicle’s spare tire, officers found eight packages of meth in the compartment. The drugs weighed nearly 12 pounds, and are worth an estimated $180,700.

Saturday, officers at the DeConcini crossing referred Mireya Justina Corrales-Aguirre, 33, of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for an additional search of her Chrysler sedan. After a service canine alerted officers to the presence of drugs within the undercarriage of the vehicle, a total of 12 packages of drugs were removed from the vehicle’s frame. Six of them contained more than seven pounds of heroin, worth approximately $102K, and another six packages contained nearly seven pounds of meth, worth more than $105K.

Later Saturday, Marisol Garcia-Montano, 30, of Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, was referred for further inspection of her Honda sedan when she entered through the DeConcini crossing. A CBP canine team led officers to 18 packages of meth within the vehicle’s rocker panels. The drugs weighed more than 15 pounds, and have a value of more than $238K.
 
Sunday, officers stopped a Dodge SUV crossing through the Mariposa crossing for further inspection. A search by a service canine led officers to the discovery of 21 packages of meth in the cargo area. The drugs weighed nearly 26 pounds, and have an estimated value of more than $398K.

The vehicles and drugs were seized, and all four subjects were referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.