CBP seizes nearly $3.6M in drugs at Arizona ports

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The undercarriage of a drug smuggling vehicle contained more than 230 pounds of marijuana, which were seized by CBP officers at the Port of Douglas. By Christina O'Haver The undercarriage of a drug smuggling vehicle contained more than 230 pounds of marijuana, which were seized by CBP officers at the Port of Douglas. By Christina O'Haver
Methamphetamine and heroin are located by CBP officers at the Port of Nogales after a service canine unit alerted to the presence of drugs near the gas tank. By Christina O'Haver Methamphetamine and heroin are located by CBP officers at the Port of Nogales after a service canine unit alerted to the presence of drugs near the gas tank. By Christina O'Haver
The fuel tank of a smuggling vehicle contained more than 43 pounds of marijuana located by CBP officers in Douglas, Ariz. By Christina O'Haver The fuel tank of a smuggling vehicle contained more than 43 pounds of marijuana located by CBP officers in Douglas, Ariz. By Christina O'Haver
CBP officers assigned to the Mariposa Commercial Facility discovered more than 6,700 pounds of marijuana inside a false wall of a tractor-trailer. By Christina O'Haver CBP officers assigned to the Mariposa Commercial Facility discovered more than 6,700 pounds of marijuana inside a false wall of a tractor-trailer. By Christina O'Haver

TUCSON, Ariz. -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection said its officers seized nearly $3.6 million in drugs at Arizona ports of entry Wednesday afternoon.

The four drug seizures within a five-hour period included nearly 7,000 pounds of marijuana, 14 pounds of methamphetamine and three pounds of heroin.

CBP said officers at the Mariposa Commercial Facility selected a tractor-trailer driven by a 36-year-old Mexican national for further inspection after a positive alert by a narcotics detection K-9.

The search reportedly revealed 465 packages of marijuana hidden inside a non-factory compartment. CBP said the marijuana weighed about 6,700 pounds and had an estimated value of $3.35 million.

Another 236 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $118,000, were seized at the Port of Douglas after a K-9 alerted to a Saturn.

CBP said the 170 packages of pot were recovered from the bumpers and undercarriage of the car, reportedly driven by 68-year-old Moises Torres-Zamora of Douglas, Ariz.

More than 43 pounds of marijuana were found inside the fuel tank of a Ford truck at the Port of Douglas a few hours later. The pot had an estimated value of $22,000.

CBP said 27-year-old Jesus Fabian Saldate-Vasquez of Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico was driving the Ford truck.

In the evening, officers assigned to the DeConcini crossing searched a Nissan sedan and questioned Luis Enriquez Gonzalez-Murillo, 21, of Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.

CBP said officers found 14 pounds of meth and three pounds of heroin inside the gas tank and rear seats of the Nissan thanks to a drug-sniffing K-9. The meth was estimated at $42,500 and the heroin at $46,500.

"I am very proud of our officers' efforts," Tucson Field Office Director William K. Brooks said in a statement. "The amount of narcotics interdicted in such a short period is a testament to their dedication of keeping our communities safe."

The alleged smugglers were referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.