Nov 8, 2012 6:29 PM
TUCSON - Border officers in Nogales today seized 24 pounds of methamphetamine and 13 pounds of heroin in two separate incidents, taking an estimated $560,000 worth of hard drugs off the streets.
A Customs and Border Protection drug-sniffing dog at the Dennis DeConcini Port detected the presence of drugs in the trunk of a vehicle being driven across the border by 37-year-old Luz Aidee Cubedo Figueroa, of Hermosillo, Mexico, according to a CBP news release. Officers found 12 packages of crystal meth inside the trunk, weighing more than 19 pounds.
In a second incident, officers at the Mariposa Port referred 25-year-old Hector Octavio Hernandez-Mason, of Nogales, Mexico for additional inspection as he tried to enter the U.S., the CBP release states. Again, a drug-sniffing helped officers locate the drugs: 13 packages of meth and heroin located within the middle seat of the truck. The five pounds of meth and 13 pounds of heroin were seized and processed.
In both incidents, the subjects were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.