CBP seizes $324,000 worth of meth at US-Mexico border in Arizona

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Nogales Commercial Facility seized nearly $4.6 million in fentanyl and methamphetamine totaling close to 650 pounds on Saturday, January 26, 2019, from a Mexican national when he attempted to enter the United States through the Port of Nogales. The seizure is the largest seizure of fentanyl in CBP history. The methamphetamine seizure represents the third largest at an Arizona port. (Jerry Glaser/Customs and Border Protection)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations, officers at the Port of Nogales seized more than 100 pounds of methamphetamine and fentanyl [last] Wednesday.

CBP Officers at the Dennis DeConcini Pedestrian Crossing referred a 30-year-old Nogales, Arizona man for further inspection when he attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico early Wednesday morning. When officers were searching his belongings, they located a package of drugs inside of his backpack. The contents were identified as .008 lb. of fentanyl, with an estimated value of more than $100.

Later in the early morning, a 29-year-old Mexican national was referred for further inspection of his Chevy SUV, when he attempted to enter through the DeConcini Crossing. After an alert by a CBP narcotics detection canine to a scent it is trained to detect, officers removed more than 100 packages of methamphetamine from the quarter panels and tailgate. The drugs weighed more than 108 pounds, with an estimated value of more than $324,000.

Officers seized the drugs and vehicle. The subjects were both arrested and then turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.