Border Patrol seizes $658K in Cocaine, Meth at Port of Nogales

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Two Mexican nationals and two U.S. citizens were arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona's Port of Nogales attempting to smuggle approximately $658,000 worth of cocaine and methamphetamine. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Two Mexican nationals and two U.S. citizens were arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona's Port of Nogales attempting to smuggle approximately $658,000 worth of cocaine and methamphetamine. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
NOGALES, AZ (AP) -

Two Mexican nationals and two U.S. citizens were arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona's Port of Nogales attempting to smuggle approximately $658,000 worth of cocaine and methamphetamine.

Officers inspected a 2003 Ford SUV occupied by a 27-year-old Mexican man and an 18-year-old Casa Grande woman on August 18. During the inspection, officers discovered more than 40 pounds of meth, worth almost $122,000, inside the vehicle's quarter panel and firewall, Border Patrol officials said.

The same afternoon, officers at the Mariposa crossing stopped a 17-year-old Tucson teen for a search of her 2009 Volkswagen SUV at the DeConcini crossing. After a canine alert, officers were led to discovering almost 42 pounds of meth, worth close to $126,000, in the rear quarter panels.

Midday Monday, a 63-year-old Mexican woman driving a 2012 Nissan sedan was inspected at the DeConcini crossing, officials said. A canine alerted officers to the vehicle's dash, where they found more than 36 pounds of cocaine worth more than $410,000.

All four subjects were arrested for narcotics smuggling and the vehicles, along with the drugs, were seized.

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