2 busts net $214K in hard drugs at border

2014-08-08T10:10:00Z 2014-08-08T10:15:03Z 2 busts net $214K in hard drugs at borderKimberly Matas Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
August 08, 2014 10:10 am  • 

Border officers made two drug busts at two ports Wednesday that netted $214,000 worth of hard drugs.

After a drug-sniffing dog alerted to the presence of narcotics in a Chevrolet pickup truck at the Nogales port, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers found 27 packages of drugs in the rear quarter panels, according to a CBP news release.

Almost 39 pounds of methamphetamine was divided among 24 packages. It had an estimated street value of more than $116,000. The other three packages contained a total of eight pounds of cocaine worth $80,000.

The 38-year-old Mexican man driving the truck was arrested.

At the San Luis port Wednesday a 31-year-old U.S. citizen living in Mexico was arrested trying to smuggle six pounds of meth worth $18,000 into the U.S.

A narcotics dog sniffed out drugs in the engine compartment of the Mercury sedan the man was driving and officers found the meth in the intake manifold.

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

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