On Tuesday, a Mexican national was arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Nogales in connection with a failed attempt to smuggle a combination of 77 pounds of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine into the United States.
The 36-year-old Mexican man was referred by CBP officers at the Mariposa Crossing for further inspection of his Chevrolet sedan Tuesday morning. A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to a scent it was trained to detect within the vehicle’s floor. Officers removed three packages of cocaine, 5 packages of heroin and more than 30 packages of meth. The drugs weigh a combined 77 pounds, worth a combined value of $644,000.
Officers seized the drugs as well as the vehicle. The subject was arrested and then turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.