Jun 6, 2014 9:20 PM by Marissa Esquivel

3 arrested for trying to smuggle drugs across the border

TUCSON - Two Mexican nationals and an Arizona man were arrested after they tried to smuggle several types of drugs through the Port of Nogales.

According to Customs and Border Patrol Officers, on Thursday, 48-year-old Luis Enrique Morales-Carrizoza, from Nogales, Sonora was stopped at the Dennis DeConcini crossing. A drug sniffing dog detected the drugs in the truck, that's when officers discovered 32 packages of meth in the back seat. The drugs are estimated to be worth more than $100,000.

On the same day officers at the Mariposa crossing stopped a truck driven by 63-year-old Fernando Sanchez-Andrade of Sonora, Mexico. Officers found 42 packages of marijuana, weighing a combined 316 pounds and worth about $158,000.

Officers at the DeConcini crossing stopped 23-year-old Juan Carlos Terrazas of Queen Creek. Officers found nearly five pounds of heroin worth more than $70,000 around his torso.

The vehicles and drugs were seized. The suspects were taken to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.


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