Multiple busts net Nogales border officers $515K in illegal drugs

2014-05-22T14:29:00Z Multiple busts net Nogales border officers $515K in illegal drugsKimberly Matas Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
May 22, 2014 2:29 pm  • 

Multiple drug busts over four days at the Nogales port of entry netted Customs and Border Protection officers more than half a million dollars worth of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine.

— Friday, officers found nearly 13 pounds of heroin and almost 10 pounds of meth hidden in a Chevrolet sedan driven by a 28-year-old woman from Nogales, Sonora. The drugs had a street value of $208,500.

— At the same location Saturday night, a drug-sniffing dog alerted to the presence of narcotics in a Nissan pickup truck driven by a 48-year-old man from Nogales, Sonora. Officers found 23 pounds of meth – worth nearly $70,000 – in a spare tire.

— Sunday, officers found 19 pounds of cocaine, worth more than $200,000, in a vehicle driven by a 26-year-old man from Hermosillo, Sonora.

— At the pedestrian crossing Monday, 22-year-old Saul Beltran of Chandler, was arrested for trying to smuggle 2.5 pounds of heroin into the U.S. Beltran had three packages of heroin not-so-discretely taped to his abdomen and groin area. The heroin was worth almost $36,000.

All drugs and vehicles were seized. The suspects were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

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