TUCSON – On Wednesday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Nogales seized more than 100 pounds of methamphetamine and fentanyl.
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP}, Officers at the Dennis DeConcini Pedestrian Crossing at the Nogales Port referred a 30-year-old Nogales, Arizona man for secondary inspection when he attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico early Wednesday morning. When officers were searching his belongings, they located a package of drugs inside of his backpack. The contents were identified as .008 lb. of fentanyl, with an estimated value of more than $100.
Later in the morning, a 29-year-old Mexican national was referred for secondary inspection of his Chevy SUV, when he attempted to enter the U.S. Officers discovered and removed more than 100 packages of methamphetamine from the quarter panels and tailgate. The drugs weighed more than 108 pounds, with an estimated value of more than $324,000.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicle. The smugglers were both arrested and then turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.