Two Mexican nationals and two U.S. citizens connected with separate failed attempts to smuggle a combination of cocaine, heroin and fentanyl into the United States over the holiday weekend were arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Nogales.
A 28-year-old Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, woman was referred for further inspection by CBP officers at the Mariposa Crossing as she entered the port aboard a tourist bus on Friday afternoon. A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to a scent it was trained to detect on the woman’s body. Officers discovered one package concealed inside her body cavity that resulted in more than one-half pound of heroin, worth almost $17,000.
Later that afternoon, a 20-year-old U.S. citizen was referred for addition questioning by officers at the Morley Pedestrian Crossing. When officers searched the man, they discovered two packages of heroin wrapped around the man’s thighs. The drugs were identified as nearly three pounds of heroin, valued at more than $76,000.
On Saturday afternoon, a 16-year-old Nogales, Arizona teen was referred for further inspection as he entered the U.S. from Mexico by officers at the Dennis DeConcini Pedestrian Crossing. A search of the teen led to the discovery of 1 package of drugs around his waist, while he had additional drugs inside of both shoes. The packages were identified as nearly 1.5 pounds of suspected fentanyl, worth almost $20,000.
A 29-year-old Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, man a short time later was referred for further inspection of his Honda sedan by officers at the DeConcini Crossing. A CBP canine alerted to nearly 17 pounds of cocaine within the vehicle’s dashboard, with an estimated value of more than $399,000.
Officers seized the drugs as well as the vehicle. The subjects were all arrested and then turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.