Meth Smuggling

Officers removed meth and fentanyl from the firewall of one of the smuggling vehicles.

NOGALES --Border agents arrested two women Tuesday in separate attempts to smuggle more than $450,000 in hard drugs across the border, officials said.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Nogales arrested a 49-year-old woman Tuesday morning for attempting to smuggle almost $326,000 worth of fentanyl and methamphetamine into the United States.

Officers referred the woman for further inspection of her Chrysler sedan when she attempted to enter the U.S. through the Dennis DeConcini crossing. During the inspection, a CBP narcotics-detection canine’s alert led officers to find multiple packages of drugs throughout the vehicle. The drugs included more than 67 pounds of meth, worth almost $202,000, and close to 8 pounds of fentanyl, worth nearly $124,000.

On Tuesday evening, officers arrested a 51-year-old Tucson woman for attempting to smuggle nearly $130,000 worth of hard drugs.

Officers referred the woman for further inspection of a 1991 Nissan Sedan she was driving when she attempted to enter the U.S. through the Mariposa crossing. During the inspection, a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the vehicle’s dashboard. Officers conducting the search then discovered a non-factory compartment within the dash, containing nine packages of drugs.

Officers seized the vehicle and drugs, which consisted of more than 5 pounds of meth, worth in excess of $16,000; almost 3 pounds of cocaine, valued at more than $31,000; a little more than a pound of heroin, worth an estimated $23,500; and more than 3.5 pounds of fentanyl, with an estimated value of more than $58,000.

The women were arrested for narcotics smuggling and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

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