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1 Million in Meth, Coke Seized at Mexican Border

More than $1 million worth of methamphetamine and cocaine were seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the border between Arizona and Mexico during a one week period. The drug seizures came in seven separate incidents in the Tucson Sector.

The largest single shipment of drugs that week came on November 1 when officers seized nearly $418,000 worth of cocaine at the Mariposa crossing. The driver of a Mazda sedan approached the border crossing, according to information obtained from CBP officials by Breitbart Texas. Officers referred the 64-year-old Mexican national to the secondary inspection. A search of his vehicle revealed 37 pounds of cocaine.

Fourteen packages of cocaine were removed from within the rear cargo area of a smuggling vehicle. (Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

Fourteen packages of cocaine were removed
from within the rear cargo area of a smuggling vehicle. (Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

Earlier that day, officers at the DeConcini crossing discovered 20 pounds of methamphetamine in the dash of a Chevy sedan. The 22-year-old female Phoenix resident was referred to a secondary inspection station after a K-9 officer alerted to the presence of the drugs. That shipment was valued at over $60,000.

On November 6, officers who were also working the DeConcini crossing were alerted to the presence of drugs by a K-9 officer after the driver of a Nissan sedan approached the crossing. The 30-year-old female from Nogales, Sonora was referred to a secondary inspection station where officers discovered 29 pounds of cocaine hidden in the car. The $330,000 worth of cocaine was discovered in the front and rear bumpers of the Nissan.

Earlier that day, officers at the Mariposa crossing were alerted by a K-9 to the presence of methamphetamine in the muffler of a Nissan sedan. That car was driven by a 29-year-old Mexican national. Ten pounds of meth was seized by officers.

The search of a Jeep SUV later that same day led to the third drug seizure of the day for officers at the Mariposa crossing. A 25-year-old woman from Nogales, Mexico, was found to be smuggling 12 pounds of meth under the seats of her Jeep. Officials estimated the street value to be about $35,000.

Just one day earlier, officers at this same crossing discovered 38 pounds of meth in a Toyota sedan. The car was being driven by a 28-year-old woman from Mesa, Arizona. The officers discovered 38 pounds of meth after a K-9 alerted to the presence of the drugs.

Another bust was made by officers at this same crossing on November 3 when a 20-year-old woman from Rio Rico approached the crossing. Another K-9 alert led to a search of the Ford sedan revealing 23 pounds of meth valued at more than $70,000.

All of the drugs and vehicles were seized by CBP officials. The suspects were turned over to Homeland Security Investigations for possible prosecution.

Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior political news contributor for Breitbart Texas. He is a founding member of the Breitbart Texas team. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX.

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