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Border Protection agents seize 364 Pounds of meth, fentanyl, heroin, and oxycodone at Arizona Border

July 15, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Border Protection agents seize 364 Pounds of meth, fentanyl, heroin, and oxycodone at Arizona Border

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Border Protection agents apprehended three Mexican citizens implicated in the failed smuggling attempts of meth, fentanyl, oxycodone, and heroin in Arizona last weekend.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection 9CBP) officials revealed that two drug smugglers were arrested in unrelated attempts that were exposed by K-9 teams at the DeConcini Crossing in Nogales, Arizona, roughly 180 miles south of Phoenix.

In the first incident, CBP officers referred a 38-year-old male for a secondary inspection on July 6th. After a K-9 signaled to the presence of drugs, agents seized over 21 pounds of cocaine from the car’s firewall, worth approximately $239,200, AZFamily.com reported.

The second arrest took place on July 7th when CBP officers at the Mariposa Commercial Facility referred a 65-year-old male for a secondary inspection of the tractor-trailer he was driving into the U.S.

A CBP K-9 alerted to an odor, which resulted in the discovery of over 364 pounds of meth, worth nearly $1,092,300; six pounds of heroin, worth over $100,000; close to 7 pounds of fentanyl, worth more than $95,000; and 6,000 oxycodone pills, worth almost $113,000.

The second seizure of the meth is the third largest that has taken place by the CBP in Arizona.

Officers seized the drugs and both car. Both suspects were detained and turned over to Homeland Security Investigations.

In a third unrelated interception, agents at the Nogales Station arrested a 31-year-old Mexican male near the international boundary fence on Monday for illegally entering the U.S. and drug smuggling.

Border Patrol agents noticed a man with a narcotics bundle attached to his back climb over the international fence west of the Port of Nogales’ Dennis DeConcini Crossing and got into a Ford Explorer. Agents trailed the vehicle as it drove east toward Nogales until it stopped in a parking lot. The man got out of the car and led agents on a short foot chase before being arrested.

A search of the vehicle revealed a large bundle of narcotics. Inside, agents found discovered plastic containers with over16 pounds of crystal meth worth roughly $49,000. The man is facing felony charges for drug smuggling and immigration violations.

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