Nogales Border Patrol stops two separate methamphetamine smugglers

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By Jayson Chesler By Jayson Chesler
By Jayson Chesler By Jayson Chesler
By Jayson Chesler By Jayson Chesler

NOGALES, Ariz. -- $69,000 worth of methamphetamine was seized in two separate smuggling attempts through the Port of Nogales this weekend, according to a Department of Homeland Security press release.

Border Patrol officers stopped Obed Jese Perez-Alejandre and referred his truck for additional inspection. A narcotics dog alerted officers to the presence of drugs in the truck's rear quarter panel.

The officers found five packages of methamphetamine. The packages weighed more than 12 pounds and are worth an estimated $36,000.

At roughly the same time, officers referred Rolando Rodriguez-Chavez for additional inspection. While searching his sedan, a narcotics dog was alerted by the car's rocker panels.

Officers found ten packages of methamphetamine. These packages weighed nearly 11 pounds and are worth approximately $33,000.

In both cases, the vehicles and drugs were seized. Both subjects were referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.