2 AZ women busted at border with cash, drugs

2014-08-22T15:33:00Z 2 AZ women busted at border with cash, drugsKimberly Matas Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
August 22, 2014 3:33 pm  • 

Border officers made two busts Wednesday that netted a total of $352,000 in cash, cocaine and marijuana.

A 32-year-old Avondale woman was arrested after she tried to smuggle $6,000 in cash and $206,000 worth of cocaine through the Nogales port of entry.

Paola Dena was driving a Mercury SUV when she was stopped for inspection and officers found 16 pounds of coke and the cash in the vehicle’s firewall, according to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

That same day, 24-year-old Yara Flores-Hernandez of Douglas was arrested for trying to smuggle 279 pounds of pot across the border, according to the news release.

Flores-Hernandez was driving an SUV through the Port of Douglas when a drug-sniffing dog alerted to the presence of narcotics. A search turned up nearly $140,000 worth of pot, stashed throughout the vehicle and in the spare tire.

In both cases, the drugs and vehicles were seized and the women were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

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