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CBP officers seize $4.2M worth of hard drugs in Nogales

Courtesy: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

NOGALES, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized $4.2 million worth of hard drugs last weekend at the Port of Nogales, CBP said Friday.

Officials reportedly seized more than 314 pounds of methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine and fentanyl.

CBP says four U.S. citizens and a Mexican national are in custody in connection to the seizures.

On Friday, a CBP canine helped officials detect almost 107 pounds of methamphetamine from a 19-year-old Tucson man. Officials say they found 90 packages from his vehicle, worth nearly $320,000. The man also had a bag of personal-use cocaine hidden inside his shoe.

Courtesy: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Later that day, a 60-year-old Tucson woman and her 40-year-old daughter were caught with fentanyl, meth and heroin at the Morley Pedestrian Crossing.

Officials say the mother had five packages of drugs around her waist –four pounds of fentanyl, which are worth nearly $50,000. The daughter had two pounds of meth, worth $7,000, and a small amount of heroin, worth more than $1,500.

On Saturday, a 31-year-old Mexican woman had more than 11 pounds of heroin, worth nearly $305,000 and a minimal amount of fentanyl, CBP said.

Officers also seized a combination of fentanyl, heroin and meth from a 56-year-old Mesa woman.

The vehicles involved were also seized. The suspects were arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Julia Leon

Julia is a Digital Content Specialist for KVOA News 4 Tucson. In 2018, she earned a bachelor’s of arts degree in journalism from the University of Arizona.

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