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Feb 4, 2014 12:12 PM by Faye DeHoff

Weekend seizures in Nogales net more than $2M in drugs

NOGALES - More than $2 million in marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine weighing more than 3,000 pounds has been seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Nogales.

Friday morning, officers at the Dennis DeConcini Port referred a 33-year old Mexican national man for further inspection of his Ford van. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs, officers found 33 pounds of cocaine worth an estimated $300,000.

Later that same day, when officers referred a Chrysler sedan, driven by a 25-year old Nogales, Arizona woman for a secondary inspection at the DeConcini Port, a CBP canine alerted to more than 18 pounds of cocaine valued in excess of $165,000.

Saturday morning, officers at the Mariposa Port referred a 35-year old Mexican national man for further inspection of his Dodge truck; again, a canine located drugs. This time officers found nearly 267 pounds of marijuana, worth more than $133,000, beneath the truck's bedliner.

Later Saturday, personnel at the Nogales Commercial Facility were inspecting the contents of a Volvo tractor-trailer when they located 145 marijuana bundles weighing nearly 2,800 pounds. The illegal load was valued at roughly $1.38 million.

Sunday evening, a 23-year old man and 27-year old woman from Tucson were referred for further inspection of their Dodge van as they attempted to re-enter the United States from Mexico. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs, officers removed nearly 68 pounds of marijuana worth almost $34,000.

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

CBP's Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Homeland Security tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation's ports. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes carrying out border-related duties, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.

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