Two women — one from Tucson, one from Mexico — were arrested in separate incidents Friday trying to smuggle drugs across the Nogales border.
After a drug-sniffing dog alerted to the presence of narcotics hidden in a Nissan sedan, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers searched the vehicle and found heroin and methamphetamine. Multiple packages of drugs were hidden in a non-factory compartment in the trunk.
In total officers seized nearly 3 pounds of heroin valued at $39,000, and about 15 pounds of meth worth almost $45,000, according to a news release from the Department of Homeland Security.
The driver of the Nissan, Geovanna Carrillo-Valencia, 34, of Hermosillo, Sonora, was taken into custody.
Also on Friday, officers arrested Andrea Marie Moreno, 24, of Tucson. She was a passenger in a Ford Mustang that was stopped for inspection at the Nogales port of entry, the news release stated.
Officers found more than 4 pounds of meth, worth nearly $13,000, tapped around her torso.