Border Patrol agents at the Nogales Station in Arizona seized illegal drugs worth more than $500,000 during separate smuggling incidents over the past few days.
On Friday afternoon, border patrol agents arrested a Cuban national for smuggling fentanyl and methamphetamine.
During an inspection at the Dennis DeConcini Crossing, a canine detected an odor from the suspect’s Chevrolet SUV, which prompted agents to conduct a secondary inspection. They found 61 pounds of methamphetamine and a package of fentanyl within the vehicle’s quarter panels and dash. The combined value of the illegal drugs is more than $185,000.
On Saturday morning, border patrol agents at the Mariposa Crossing arrested a U.S. citizen woman for smuggling 40 pounds of heroin and methamphetamine. The total value of the illegal drugs is more than $172,000.
A Border Patrol canine also detected a smell from the suspect’s Chevrolet SUV. Agents inspected the vehicle and found the illegal drugs on its rear quarter panels.