Nogales port agents seize heroin, arrest 71-year-old man

2014-02-13T16:10:00Z 2014-02-14T09:07:02Z Nogales port agents seize heroin, arrest 71-year-old manArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 13, 2014 4:10 pm  • 

A 71-year-old man was arrested Tuesday after agents at a Nogales border crossing found six pounds of heroin hidden in a computer case, officials said.

The man was crossing in a Ford SUV at the Mariposa Port of Entry when his vehicle was sent for a secondary inspection, according to a news release from Customs and Border Protection.

When officers searched the man's computer case they found two package of heroin hidden in the inner lining. The drugs are valued at more than $80,000, the agency said.

The drugs and SUV were seized. The man, who name was not released, was referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

In a separate incident, a Mexican national, 55, was arrested Wednesday at the port after agents found nearly 400 pounds of marijuana in a shipment of aircraft parts, the agency said.

The drugs are valued at about $196,000.

The man's tractor-trailer rig was sent to a secondary inspection when he tried to cross the border. When agents searched the trailer they found 22 bundles of marijuana in boxes.

The rig and drugs were seized. The driver, who is from Nogales, Sonora, was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

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