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Nogales CBP Seize 290 LBS Of Cocaine, Heroin, Fentanyl & Meth

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Release Date: May 7, 2019

TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations, officers at the Port of Nogales seized nearly 290 pounds of cocaine, heroin, fentanyl and methamphetamine since Friday from six separate drug seizures. In addition, four U.S. citizens and two Mexican nationals have been arrested in connection with the incidents.

Early Friday morning, officers at the Dennis DeConcini Crossing referred a 20-year-old Tucson man for further investigation as he attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of a scent it was trained to detect, officers removed more than 90 packages from the doors and quarter panels of his Infinity sedan. The packages were determined to contain just more than one-pound of fentanyl, worth more than $16,000 and more than 86 pounds of meth, with an estimated value of nearly $259,000. The packages also contained almost 29 pounds of heroin, worth more than $781,000 and more than 17 pounds of cocaine, worth in excess of $419,000.

Officers at the DeConcini Crossing referred a 66-year-old Tucson man for an additional search of his Ford truck as he was crossing back into the U.S. from Mexico. After an alert by a canine, officers removed more than 70 packages from the rear cabin wall and the spare tire.

A test of the contents determined that more than 19 pounds were fentanyl, worth almost $260,000. They also seized more than 68 pounds of meth, worth nearly $205,000, as well as more than 9 pounds of heroin, worth $253,000.

CBP Officers at the Mariposa Crossing pedestrian lanes referred a 15-year-old Tucson teen for further questioning when she attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico Friday afternoon.

When conducting a search of the young woman, she voluntarily removed a single package from her underwear, which was determined to be nearly a pound of fentanyl pills. The drugs are worth more than $11,000.

Later that afternoon, officers at the Mariposa Crossing, referred a 33-year-old Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, man for further inspection. Following an alert by a CBP narcotics detection canine, to a scent it was trained to detect, in the fuel tank. After the tank was removed, officers removed 30 packages of drugs from inside, which were determined to be methamphetamine. The meth weighed nearly 56 pounds, with estimated value of almost $167,000.

A few hours later, a crosser at the Morley Pedestrian Gate was referred for further questioning as she attempted to cross back into the U.S. from Mexico. The 39-year-old Rio Rico woman voluntarily removed a package of contraband from an internal cavity, as officers began a search of her and her belongings. The package contained just more than one-half pound of fentanyl pills, worth $7,200.

Monday evening, officers at the DeConcini Crossing referred a 44-year-old Mexican national for an inspection of his Pontiac sedan. When a CBP canine alerted to the vehicle’s rear tires, officers removed them both and found nearly 15 pounds of meth, worth almost $45,000.

Officers seized the drugs and vehicles. The subjects were arrested and then turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

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Border Patrol Agents Seize Over $765K Worth Of Narcotics In Rio Grande Valley

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“EDINBURG, Texas – Rio Grande City agents seized more than 950 pounds of marijuana in two separate incidents.

Sunday evening, Rio Grande City agents working near La Rosita, Texas, responded to a report of a vehicle involved in narcotics smuggling traveling north from the Rio Grande. Agents in the area located the vehicle and, shortly thereafter, the driver of the vehicle abruptly turned south and traveled towards the river. As agents approached the river, they observed the driver abandon the vehicle and swim to Mexico. Agents searched the vehicle and discovered 571 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $457K.

A short while later, Rio Grande City agents on patrol received information of a narcotic smuggling attempt near Garciasville, Texas. As agents responded, they observed an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) abruptly turn around and travel south towards the Rio Grande riverbank. Upon arrival, agents discovered the ATV abandoned carrying several bundles of marijuana. The marijuana weighed 387 pounds and is worth an estimated $310K. Agents searched for the ATV rider and additional narcotics to no avail.

The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and report suspicious activity at 800-863-9382. ”

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Border Patrol Agents Arrest Mexican Mafia Member For Human Smuggling

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CBP is reporting:

“EAGLE PASS, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Eagle Pass station arrested a Mexican Mafia member during a failed human smuggling attempt, Oct. 2.

Agents assisted Maverick County Sheriff’s deputies on a traffic stop in Eagle Pass and discovered three illegal aliens concealed in the back seat of the vehicle. The driver and front-seat passenger, both U.S. citizens, and the three illegal aliens were arrested and taken to the Eagle Pass South Station for processing.

“We enjoy an excellent relationship with our local law enforcement partners” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Raul L. Ortiz. “I applaud the Maverick County Sheriff’s Deputies and our agents, who worked together to stop a convicted felon from smuggling illegal aliens into our communities.”

The driver, identified as Juan Alberto Garcia, 39, is a self-admitted member of the Mexican Mafia and has an extensive criminal history. Garcia has multiple felony convictions throughout Texas for drug-related offenses and other crimes including assault, burglary and theft. He and the front-seat passenger will both be charged with 8 USC § 1324 – Alien Smuggling, and face up to 10 years in prison.

The illegal aliens apprehended, two from Ecuador and one Guatemalan national, will be processed in accordance with U.S. Customs and Border Protection guidelines.”

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