Nogales, Arizona - Customs and Border Protection officers arrested two men and a woman involved in separate attempts to smuggle a combined 46 pounds of methamphetamine and heroin through the Port of Nogales on Monday.
Officers at the Nogales West (Mariposa) crossing, working with a CBP narcotics-detection canine, located more than 38 pounds of meth, valued at almost $115,000, in the spare tire of a Dodge truck driven by a 54-year-old Rio Rico man.
Later in the day, officers and a drug canine at the DeConcini vehicle crossing were searching a Toyota sedan driven by an 18-year-old man from in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, when the canine alerted to man’s legs. Officers then searched the man and discovered more than 2 pounds of heroin, worth close to $41,000, taped to his legs.
On the same day but at the DeConcini pedestrian lanes, officers questioned and then searched a 47-year-old Tucson woman. The search turned up more than 5 pounds of meth, valued at nearly $16,000, hidden within her underclothing.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicles, and turned all three subjects over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.