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Customs officers make drug seizures worth more than $1 million

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Customs officers make drug seizures worth more than $1 million

By Sariah Schroader. CREATED Nov 4, 2013

 NOGALES, Ariz (KGUN 9-TV) - Customs and Border Protection officers arrested five people this weekend in separate smuggling attempts, at several Nogales ports.  

The first arrest happened on Thursday at Morley Pedestrian Gate, when a 34-year-old Nogales women tried to enter the United States with more than a pound of methamphetamine hidden under her spandex clothing. The drugs were worth about $17,000.
The largest seizure of the weekend happened Friday when officers found 38 pounds of methamphetamine, worth more than $586,000 in a Rio Rico woman's Chevrolet sedan. A narcotics detection canine signaled CBP officers to the 40-year-old woman's car at the Mariposa Port. 
In addition, officers arrested a 33-year-old Rio Rico man at the same location, when  they found almost 22 pounds of cocaine hidden in the fuel tank of the man's Volkswagen sedan. A service canine also found these drugs valued at $200,000.
At DeDoncini Port CBP officers arrested a 38-year-old Mexican man, after he tried to enter the Unites States with more than nine pounds of methamphetamine. Narcotic canines found the $146,000 worth of drugs hidden in the fenders of the man's Nissan sedan. 
Officers arrested a 42-year-old Mexican man Saturday morning after they found more than 27.5 pounds of methamphetamine. CBP found the drugs worth nearly $427,000 hidden throughout the man's Buick sedan.
The man was also attempting to cross the Dennis DeConcini Port.