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Apr 1, 2014 2:54 PM by Faye DeHoff

Several attempts by smugglers to get drugs across the border stopped

NOGALES - Several attempts of smuggling methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine worth $589,000 over the weekend were stopped by Customs and Border Patrol Officers at the Nogales Port of Entry.

Four U.S. citizens and a Mexican national were taken into custody in separate incidents for attempting to smuggle a combined 45-plus pounds of drugs into the United States.

Officers from the Morley pedestrian crossing referred a 30-year-old male for further questioning as he attempted to enter the U.S. on Friday. When officers searched the man, they found nearly a pound of methamphetamine worth more than $15,000.

Saturday, officers assigned to the Mariposa crossing referred a 30-year old Phoenix woman for further inspection of her Pontiac sedan. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs, officers located 17 packages of drugs under the floorboards. Three of the packages contained more than a pound of methamphetamine worth $18,400, five packages contained more than 12.5 pounds of cocaine worth more than $114,500, and nine packages contained more than 15 pounds of heroin worth more than $204,000.

Also on Saturday, officers at the DeConcini crossing arrested a 22-year old Mesa woman with 2.3 pounds of heroin on her person worth an estimated $32,300 and a 25-year old Mexican male transporting 12 packages of methamphetamine in his Nissan sedan after a CBP canine alerted to the presence of nearly 13 pounds of the illegal drug valued at $200,500.

Sunday, officers at DeConcini's pedestrian lanes referred a 22-year old Tucson woman for further questioning and discovered she possessed a quarter-pound of methamphetamine, which required removal by medical personnel. The drugs were worth nearly $3,900.

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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