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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

CBP Officer in Arizona Thwart 4 Cocaine Smuggling Attempts in a Day

Friday, August 08, 2008

Tucson, Ariz. — In four different events on Monday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Arizona entries of Douglas and Nogales stopped $2.3 million in cocaine from being smuggled into the United States, arresting four people in connection with the attempts.

The largest seizure happened Monday morning at around 6:30 a.m., when officers at the Douglas port of entry became suspicious of the driver of a 2006 Honda CRV who was attempting to cross into the United States. During an inspection of the vehicle, officers discovered 16 packages of cocaine, weighing more than 39 pounds, hidden inside the vehicle. The driver, a 42-year-old woman from Mexico, was arrested and the cocaine and vehicle were seized.

The next seizure happened a few hours later, at 11:30 a.m., at the Dennis DeConcini port of entry in Nogales, when officers became suspicious of the driver of a 1992 Ford F-150 attempting to enter the United States. During an inspection of the vehicle, officers discovered 10 packages of cocaine, weighing more than 12 pounds, hidden inside the vehicle. The driver, a 31-year-old man from Mexico, was arrested and the cocaine and vehicle were seized.

The next large seizure happened 1:15 p.m. at the DeConcini entry when officers became suspicious of the driver of a Volkswagen Jetta attempting to cross into the United States. During an inspection of the vehicle, officers discovered 13 packages of cocaine, weighing more than 32 pounds, hidden inside the vehicle. The driver, a 28-year-old man from Mexico, was arrested and the cocaine and vehicle were seized.

A short time later at 2 p.m. officers screening pedestrians entering the country through the Morley entrance in Nogales became suspicious of a 14-year-old boy from Mexico. During an inspection of the boy, officers discovered two packages of cocaine, weighing almost five pounds, strapped to his body. The boy was arrested and the cocaine was seized.

All four people were turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for further investigation and possible prosecution.

The total weight of the cocaine seized in the four incidents is more than 88 pounds, with an estimated street value of almost $2.3 million.

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