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Apr 8, 2014 2:24 PM by Faye DeHoff

CBP Officers seize $300,000 worth of meth in various smuggling attempts

NOGALES, AZ- Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Nogales seized more than $300,000 worth of methamphetamine over the weekend.

Friday, officers from the Mariposa commercial facility referred a 57-year old male from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico for further questioning during his attempt to enter the U.S. When officers searched the load of eggplants he was hauling, they found nearly 41 pounds of methamphetamine, worth close to $123,000, hidden in the tractor-trailer's rear differential.

Saturday, officers assigned to the DeConcini crossing referred a 31-year old male from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico for further inspection of his Lincoln sedan. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs, officers located 12 packages in the radiator containing more than 16 pounds of methamphetamine worth nearly $49,000.

Also on Saturday, officers at the DeConcini crossing arrested a 21-year old male Mexican national with more than 29 pounds of meth hidden within the vehicle's seats. Officers located 20 packages valued in excess of $87,000.

The same day, officers referred a pedestrian for additional questioning when he attempted to enter the United States. When officers searched the 19-year old Tucson man, they found nearly seven pounds of meth strapped to his stomach and back. The drug's estimated value exceeds $20,000.

Sunday, officers at the DeConcini crossing referred a 25-year old female Mexican national for further questioning and discovered she possessed more than 8.6 pounds of methamphetamine. The drugs, worth more than $25,000, were discovered strapped to the woman's body.

All drugs and vehicles were seized. The subjects were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

Individuals arrested may be charged by complaint, the method by which a person is charged with criminal activity, which raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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