Nogales CBP officers seize $5.8M in marijuana, heroin

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

NOGALES, Ariz. -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Nogales, Arizona seized nearly $5.8 million worth of marijuana and heroin over the weekend.

The largest seizure occurred Friday at the Nogales Commercial facility, where officers reportedly found more than 11,000 pounds of marijuana with an estimated value of $5.6 million.

According to CBP, a K-9 alerted to a load of inbound mesquite charcoal and an officer then found a suspicious bundle inside one of the boxes. With help from a non-intrusive X-ray, officers reportedly identified 480 bundles of marijuana co-mingled with the charcoal.

Officers arrested the driver, 43-year-old Marcos Antonio Borquez-Espinoza, of Mexico, and seized the tractor trailer and narcotics.

Earlier that day, officers conducting inbound operations at the Dennis DeConcini pedestrian crossing reportedly found 2.35 pounds of heroin, worth an estimated $33,113, inside an 18-year-old man's shoes.

Lino Banuelos-Galaviz was applying for admission into the United States from Mexico, when a narcotics-detection K-9 alerted to his feet.

Late Friday evening, officers seized another seven pounds of heroin at the Dennis DeConcini crossing.

Officers referred 35-year-old Gricelda Loreto-Reyes, of Mexico, for questioning and the inspection of her two suitcases.

She was allegedly carrying seven packages of heroin, worth about $104,200.

On Saturday, CBP officers reportedly found 91 pounds of marijuana inside a 1999 Dodge pickup truck driven by 25-year-old Saul Abraham Hernandez-Alcantar, of Mexico.

The 42 packages of marijuana, worth an estimated $45,700, were located in a non-factory compartment in the back wall of the truck and within the fuel tank, according to CBP.