Two people were arrested after U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers found their hidden drugs in separate incidents in Nogales.

On Tuesday afternoon, a 34-year-old Mexican man was sent for further inspection of his Ford truck at the Mariposa Commercial Facility.

Officers say they discovered two wooden blocks in the back of the vehicle filled with five pounds of fentanyl, worth $63,000 and four pounds of cocaine worth more than $45,000.

That same afternoon, a 50-year-old American woman was sent for further inspection at the Dennis DeConcini Pedestrian Crossing. Officers found a quarter of a pound of meth she had hidden in a body cavity. The meth was valued at $840.

In both incidents the smugglers were trying to re-enter the U.S., the agency said in a news release.

The man and woman were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Last week, officers also arrested two women caught smuggling the same type of drugs inside their body cavities. It was only a couple of the many border busts this year.

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Shaq is a public safety reporter and the Road Runner columnist, keeping readers up to date on transportation news. In 2017, he started as an apprentice and later worked part-time until graduating from the UA and being offered a full-time position in 2018.