Aug 06, 2013
NOGALES, AZ (CBS5) – Three different arrests leading to the seizure of more then 62 pounds of cocaine and heroin combined were made by Customs and Border Protection officers over the weekend.
Friday CBP officers arrested Heriberto Balvastro-Parra, 34, who is a Mexican national living in Rio Rico, AZ. A CBP narcotics dog alerted officers that there was a presence of drugs in the radiator of his Ford SUV. When officers opened the radiator they found seven packages of cocaine that weighed more than 18 pounds and was worth more than $165,000.A Dodge van driven by Phoenix resident Benny Sarmiento, 51, was entering the United States Saturday when his van was sent for additional inspection. During the additional inspection a CBP narcotics dog alerted officers to the presence of drugs near the gas tank. Officers found nearly 40 pounds of cocaine in the gas tank that were valued at more than $362,000.
On Sunday Alexis Ivonne Aguilar, 21, of Rio Rico tried to cross the border with a suitcase containing four pounds of heroin worth $59,000.
CBP turned all three subjects over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. All the drugs and vehicles were processed for seizure.