Nov 5, 2013
A Nogalian and two Rico Ricans were among five people arrested in separate smuggling attempts during a recent three-day period at local ports of entry.
More than a pound of meth was seized from a Nogales woman at the Morley pedestrian gate who attempted to conceal the drugs within her clothing
The largest seizure involved a 40-year-old Rio Rico woman, who was taken into custody at the Mariposa Port of Entry on Friday after a U.S. Customs and Border Protection drug dog alerted to nearly 38 pounds of meth, worth more than $586,000, in her Chevrolet sedan.
That same day, at the same port, a 33-year-old Rio Rico man was arrested after a drug dog alerted to the presence of drugs in his Volkswagen sedan. CBP officers later removed nearly 22 pounds of cocaine, valued at almost $200,000, from the vehicle’s fuel tank.
Also on Friday, a 38-year-old Mexican man was arrested when he attempted to enter the United States through the DeConcini Port of Entry with more than 9 pounds of meth stashed in the fenders of his Nissan sedan. The drugs, valued at nearly $146,000, were also detected by a CBP dog.
A 34-year-old Nogales woman was arrested on Thursday when she attempted to enter the U.S. through the Morley Pedestrian Gate with more than a pound of meth valued in excess of $17,000. The drugs were hidden under here spandex clothing, CBP said.
On Saturday morning, a 42-year-old male Mexican national was arrested after officers found more than 27.5 pounds of methamphetamine, worth nearly $427,000, hidden throughout a Buick sedan he was driving through the DeConcini port.
The suspects, whose names were not released, were referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. The drugs and vehicles were processed for seizure.
“The hard work and dedication of our CBP officers is evident in the number and types of seizures we are seeing,” said Guadalupe Ramirez, CBP’s port director in Nogales. “Continued vigilance remains our priority.”