A 60-year-old Mexican national was arrested Thursday on suspicion of attempting to smuggle nearly 11 pounds of methamphetamine through the Port of Nogales.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Mariposa crossing sent a Chevrolet truck driven by Jesus Ocegueda for further inspection after a drug dog alerted to his vehicle, according to a news release from the agency.
Officers searched the truck an found nine packages of meth hidden in the firewall beneath the windshield wipers. The drugs are worth about $32,000.
The vehicle and drugs were seized. Ocegueda was referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
In two other busts at the Douglas crossing:
- CBP officers on Wednesday selected for inspection a Ford Mustang driven by an 18-year-old woman from Agua Prieta, Sonora. After a drug dog alerted to the vehicle, officers found 123 packages of marijuana concealed throughout the vehicle. The drugs weighed more than 173 pounds and have an estimated value of nearly $87,000.
- On Thursday, officers found 139 packages of marijuana hidden in a Mercury sedan driven by a 23-year-old woman from Sonora. The marijuana weighed nearly 200 pounds. The drugs have an estimated value of more than $96,000.
Both women were referred to ICE's Homeland Security Investigations. The marijuana and vehicles were seized.