In just two days at the Port of Nogales, the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) arrested four people smuggling an estimated $650,000 of cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine.
All four arrests happened at the Dennis DeConcini crossing in Nogales, Arizona, according to a CBP press release. On October 18, a 50-year-old Mexican woman crossing through the pedestrian lanes was inspected by CBP officers and a drug canine. They found more than $57,000 worth of cocaine wrapped around her midsection.
The next day, a CBP canine team found $403,000 worth of drugs, 32 pounds of cocaine and three pounds of heroin in the Jeep of a 22-year-old Mexican man. Officers also found $164,000 in cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine in a Nissan driven by a 31-year-old Mexican man.
They also caught a 24-year-old man from Tucson, Ariz., crossing over by foot with $31,000 of cocaine in his groin. All four individuals arrested were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. From 2010 to 2015, a record amount of drugs from Mexico entered the United States.