Customs and Border Protection officers in Nogales arrested two people trying to smuggle a combined $812,000 worth of drugs Wednesday.
Officers first referred a 50-year-old Nogales woman for additional screening of her Ford SUV at the Mariposa Crossing.
A narcotics detection canine alerted officers to a scent coming from the vehicle. Officers then removed 16 pounds of cocaine from the SUV's rear-quarter panel. The drugs are worth more than $381,000, an agency news release said.
When a 40-year-old Mesa man arrived that evening, officers sent him for further inspection of his Mazda sedan. A canine's alert led officers to remove nearly $296,000 worth of heroin and more than $135,000 worth of meth.
The drugs and vehicles were seized. Officers then turned the man and woman over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.