CBP Officers Seize $1.6 Million in Narcotics, Nab Child Sex Offender

Written by Right Side News

November 25, 2008
Right Side News 

Nogales, Ariz. - Another busy week for Customs and Border Protection officers at the Nogales, Ariz. ports of entry as they seized an estimated $1.6 million in narcotics and nabbed a child sex offender.

It began last Monday at approximately 8:45 p.m. when officers working the Mariposa port of entry discovered an abandoned truck as they were conducting security sweeps of vehicles waiting to make entry into the U.S. When officers approached the truck, a Ford F-150, they noticed the truck was locked with no one inside. The truck was towed to the secondary inspection area.

 Officers called in a narcotics detection dog who alerted to the odor of narcotics coming from the vehicle. During a thorough search of the truck, officers discovered 18 baggies behind the seat containing methamphetamine for a total weight of almost two pounds.

Tuesday officers working the Mariposa and DeConcini ports of entry seized 89 pounds of marijuana in two different seizures. A total of 24 packages of marijuana were removed from the gas tank of a 1997 Ford Taurus and from the tires of a 1996 Ford Explorer.

Thursday officers at the DeConcini port of entry discovered 12 packages of cocaine weighing 31 pounds hidden in a floor compartment of a 1996 Pontiac Grand Am. Hours later, a Chevrolet Equinox was referred for further inspection and officers discovered ten packages containing a total of 17 pounds of methamphetamine hidden behind the rear passenger seat.

In addition to the narcotics seizures on Thursday, officers arrested a Mesa man who was wanted in Maricopa County for a sexual offense against a minor. The man was applying for admission into the United States when officers entered his name into the computer database and it revealed that he had an outstanding felony warrant. The man was arrested and turned over to local authorities for proper processing.

On Friday, 24 pounds of cocaine were seized when officers were conducting a thorough search of a Nissan Xterra found the narcotics hidden in the doors.

Officers wrapped up the week with 40 pounds of marijuana found Saturday in a 1990 Ford Ranger. Officers discovered the 40 pounds hidden within the tank of the vehicle.

In all seven cases, the narcotics and vehicles were seized. The drivers and occupants of the vehicles were turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for further investigation.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.
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