U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized approximately 350 pounds of hard drugs consisting of methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, and fentanyl worth over $6.1 million this past Saturday during three vehicle inspections in southern Arizona. The alleged seizures resulted in the arrests of two U.S. citizens and one Mexican national.
In the first incident, CBP officers assigned to the Port of Nogales Dennis DeConcini Crossing reportedly contacted a 67-year-old Rio Rico, Arizona, man in a Jeep SUV when he attempted to enter the U.S. on Saturday morning. Officers referred the driver to a secondary examination station where a K-9 drug detection officer sniffed the possible presence of drugs, according to CBP officials. Officers reportedly discovered approximately 21 pounds of heroin, worth almost $560,000; 103 pounds of cocaine, valued at $2.5M; 116 pounds of methamphetamine, at $347,000; and 1.5 pounds of suspected fentanyl, worth almost $20,000.