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2 arrested in drug smuggling attempt at border

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Federal agents seized methamphetamine from a woman, and heroin from a man in two separate incidents at the Nogales border, authorities said.

According to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection news release:

On Feb. 25, officers arrested a woman at the Dennis DeConcini crossing after a drug-sniffing dog alerted to the presence of drugs in her Pontiac sedan.

Officers said they found nearly 35 pounds of methamphetamine in the vehicle. The meth's value was estimated at more than $104,000. Daniela Ruiz, 33, of Tucson, was taken into custody. The vehicle and drugs were seized.

On Feb. 24, officers at the Morley pedestrian crossing stopped a man after a drug-sniffing dog alerted that the man possibly had drugs.

During a search, officers said they found more than three pounds of heroin taped to the man's back. The heroin was valued at more than $44,000.

Richard Christian Holm, 36, of Nogales, Arizona, was taken into custody. The heroin was seized.


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