$1.3M in opi­ates, meth seized at the No­gales border cross­ing

The Arizona Republic - - Valley & State - Jack Lechich

Border Patrol of­fi­cers at the No­gales cross­ing ar­rested a Green Val­ley man on sus­pi­cion of at­tempt­ing to smug­gle a com­bined $1.3 mil­lion in il­le­gal drugs into the state, in­clud­ing opi­ates and metham­phetamine, the U.S. Cus­toms and Border Pro­tec­tion said.

The 52-year-old man was stopped Wed­nes­day morn­ing at the Den­nis DeConcini cross­ing for a truck in­spec­tion, of­fi­cials said.

A Border Patrol K9 dog alerted of­fi­cers to an odor in the bed of the truck, ac­cord­ing to the agency.

Of­fi­cers re­moved nearly 70 pack­ages of drugs, which in­cluded 49 pounds of meth, 43 pounds of heroin and a quar­ter-pound of fen­tanyl, CBP of­fi­cials said in a press re­lease.

Shortly af­ter that ar­rest, Border Patrol of­fi­cers stopped a 35-year-old Mesa res­i­dent to search his truck at a cross­ing in No­gales.

A K9 dog drew their at­ten­tion to the truck’s back seat and spare tire and of­fi­cers re­moved nearly 129 pounds of mar­i­juana val­ued at $65,000, of­fi­cials said.

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