Four separate drug seizures over the weekend at the Nogales port of entry totaled an estimated worth of $1 million in methamphetamine and heroin, federal officials said Monday.
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection:
- On Friday, Juana Banda-Banda, 34, of Nogales, Sonora was referred for an additional inspection of her Nissan SUV at the Dennis DeConcini crossing. A drug-sniffing dog alerted to the vehicle's spare tire and officers found eight packages of methamphetamine totaling nearly 12 pounds. The estimated value was $180,700.
- On Saturday at the Dennis DeConcini crossing, Mireya Justina Corrales-Aguirre, 33, of Nogales, Sonora was referred for an additional inspection of her Chrysler sedan, and six packages of heroin and six packages of meth were found in the vehicle's undercarriage. The heroin had an estimated value of $102,000, and the meth was valued at $105,000.
- Also on Saturday, officers at the DeConcini crossing did a further inspection of a Honda sedan driven by Marisol Garcia-Montaño, 30, of Hermosillo, Sonora, and found 18 packages of meth with an estimated value of $238,000.
- On Sunday at the Mariposa crossing, officers stopped a Dodge SUV and a search found 21 packages of meth nearly weighing 26 pounds. The meth had an estimated value of $398,000. Officials did not release the name of the driver.
The drugs and vehicles were seized and the four suspects were referred to officials of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcements Homeland Security Investigations.