By Lucia Suarez Sang
Published February 26, 2019
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers detained two Arizona men and a Mexican woman for allegedly trafficking more than 349 pounds of heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and suspected fentanyl in three separates incidents at the border this weekend.
A narcotics detection K9 alerted his handler that the man’s Jeep SUV needed further inspection.
Throughout the vehicle, officers said they found nearly 21 pounds of heroin worth nearly $560,000; 103 pounds of cocaine worth nearly $2.5 million; 116 pounds of methamphetamine worth more than $347,000 and 1.5 pounds of suspected fentanyl worth nearly $20,000.
A few hours later, a K9 alerted officers to a Honda sedan crossing into the U.S. A 21-year-old Phoenix man was arrested after about 15 pounds of methamphetamine worth nearly $45,000 were allegedly found in two packages from the vehicle’s rear tires.
Later that evening, at the Mariposa border crossing in Nogales, CBP officers removed a total of 71 pounds of cocaine, meth, heroin and suspected fentanyl pills at an estimated worth of more than $898,000.
The 27-year-old woman from Mexico driving the Ford compact sedan was arrested.
All three suspects were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.