Smugglers caught with 19 pounds of meth, 9 pounds of heroin at Port of Nogales

Customs and Border Protection officers arrested two people two days before Christmas for separate attempts to smuggle a combined $224,000 worth of methamphetamine and heroin through the Port of Nogales.

Officers working with a CBP narcotics-detection canine at the Dennis DeConcini crossing on Dec. 23, found more than 19 pounds of meth and nine pounds of heroin, worth more than $209,000, in the rocker panels of a Dodge hatchback driven by a 35-year-old Tucson woman.

Later that night, officers at the Mariposa crossing stopped a 26-year-old man from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, driving a Dodge truck. Instead of finding drugs in the vehicle, however, officers found five pounds of meth, worth approximately $15,000, strapped around the man’s midsection as well as around his calves.

Officers discovered 5 pounds of meth wrapped around the upper torso and calves of a drug smuggler when searching a vehicle at the Mariposa crossing

Officers seized all drugs and vehicles and turned both subjects over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.