Nogales-area customs officers seized nearly $1.8 million in drugs over the past week, including 25 pounds of heroin, 29 pounds of cocaine and more than 300 pounds of methamphetamine — with 152 pounds of liquid meth seized in a single case, authorities said.
On Friday, officers at the Mariposa crossing arrested a 51-year-old Tucson woman after a drug dog led them to more than 20 pounds of heroin and 15 pounds of meth in the rear quarter panels of her Suzuki SUV, said Rob Daniels, a CBP spokesman, in a news release.
The heroin was worth more than $341,000, and the meth was estimated to be worth more than $45,000, Daniels said.
Later that day, officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing arrested a 38-year old woman from Hermosillo, Son., after a drug dog led officers to five pounds of heroin worth nearly $91,000, and more than 98 pounds of meth worth nearly $295,000 hidden in her Chevrolet SUV.
On Saturday, CBP officers at the DeConcini crossing arrested a 29-year old Mexican woman and her 19-year old female passenger when a drug dog led officers to discover 152 pounds of liquid meth worth nearly $457,000 in the fuel tank of their Ford SUV.
That same day, officers at the crossing also arrested a 32-yeaar old Mexican woman after they found 140 pounds of marijuana worth around $70,000 in the rear cargo area of her Nissan van, authorities said.
Officers at the crossing also found 27 pounds of meth, worth more than $82,000 inside a BMW sedan. The driver, a 25-year-old woman from Phoenix was arrested.
On Sunday, officers at the DeConcini crossing arrested a 26-year old man from Nogales, Ariz., after a dog led officers to nearly 24 pounds of crystallized methamphetamine worth nearly $71,000 hidden in the quarter panels of his Cadillac sedan, officials said.
Monday morning, a drug dog alerted to drugs in a Lexus sedan, where officers found 29 pounds of cocaine worth nearly $329,000. They arrested the driver, a 66-year old Mexican national who was living illegally in Tucson, Daniels said.