Border Briefs

2013-04-19T00:00:00Z 2013-04-19T07:54:07Z Border BriefsArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 19, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Drug dog sniffs out 26 pounds of cocaine

A 29-year-old man was arrested Wednesday on charges of trying to smuggle 26 pounds of cocaine into the U.S. through the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales, Ariz., officials said.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested Luis Bernardo Gortari-Contreras, of Magdalena, Sonora, after a CBP dog indicated the presence of drugs in his Chevrolet SUV during a secondary inspection, an agency news release said.

Officers found 10 packages of cocaine inside the vehicle's headliner. The drugs and vehicle were seized. Gortari-Contreras was arrested. The cocaine has a street value of about $237,000, CBP said.

$90,000 in cash seized at Nogales port

A 34-year-old Mexican national from Nogales, Sonora, was arrested Tuesday on charges of trying to smuggle $90,000 in unreported U.S. currency into Mexico through the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry in Nogales, Ariz.

Customs and Border Protection officers inspecting vehicles selected a Ford truck driven by Cesar Olea Vazquez for further inspection. A dog alerted officers to the presence of contraband, and upon further inspection officers found the cash under the front seat, a news release from the agency said.

The vehicle and cash were seized; Olea was arrested.

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