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Border Patrol in Arizona seize $2 million in drugs, arrest previously deported violent felon

September 16, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Border Patrol in Arizona seize $2 million in drugs, arrest previously deported violent felon

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents intercepted close to $2 million in cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine during smuggling efforts in Arizona. Border Patrol officers who were nearby also apprehended a previously-deported violent felon.

In a statement, CBP officials said agents noticed a man driving a Hyundai SUV from Mexico to the U.S. at the Dennis DeConcini border in Arizona, on September 9th.

According to the statement, the vehicle, which was being operated by a 27-year-old Mexican native, was assigned to a undergo a secondary inspection station for a routine examination. A K-9 officer signaled to the presence of drugs in the car and agents discovered 160 pounds of cocaine in the rear cargo portion of the truck.

Law enforcement officials estimated the value of the 60 bags of cocaine to be worth approximately $1.8 million. The man was taken into custody, and the drugs and vehicle were confiscated.

On the same day, CBP agents in Tucson Sector arrested a previously deported violent felon from Mexico who had unlawfully re-entered the country after he was deported. The man had previously been extradited following criminal charges in North Carolina, Tuscon.com reported.

His criminal history includes charges of arson, resisting arrest, assault on a female, and assault on a child under 12-years-old, and was deported in 2015.

The Mexican national was transferred to the Department of Justice for possible prosecution for illegal re-entry by a felon after deportation.

Two further drug raids were conducted by CBP officers on Friday. A K-9 officer at the Nogales crossing alerted to the scent of narcotics in a van driven by a U.S. citizen. The agents discovered over 17 pounds of meth concealed in the front wheel of the van. The 36-year-old driver was taken into custody and the drugs, which were worth about $52,000, were seized.

Later on Friday, CBP agents in the pedestrian walkway of the DeConcini border crossing found a 16-year-old girl who was carrying about three pounds of heroin in her undergarments, worth an estimated street value of $48,000.

Then, on Saturday, another smuggling attempt was impeded at the pedestrian lanes of the DeConcini crossing when a 32-year-old woman was caught carrying around a half-pound of meth, worth an estimated $1,300 in her underwear.

All of these cases are being investigated by Homeland Security Investigations for possible prosecution.

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