NOGALES, AZ - Four individuals and their vehicles were apprehended in separate incidents over the weekend after drugs were discovered in each of their vehicles while attempting to cross the border through the Port of Nogales.
The first incident happened on Saturday morning at the Dennis DeConcini crossing where U.S. Customs and Border Protections officers referred an 18-year-old Douglas woman driving a Ford sedan for further inspection and discovered 54 pounds of marijuana, worth almost $27,000, inside her vehicle.
Later that afternoon officers stopped and inspected a Chevy truck driven by a 50-year-old Mexican male at the Mariposa crossing. Upon inspection a narcotics canine discovered more than 294 pounds, worth $147,000, inside a shipment of patio tiles.
The third incident happened on Saturday at the Dennis DeConcini crossing when a narcotics canine detected more than 21 pounds of cocaine, worth $223,000, within a 37-year-old Mexican male's GMC truck's brake drums.
The final incident happened on Sunday when a 38-year-old Mexican woman was referred for further inspection. After officers inspected her luggage in her GMC SUV they discovered five packages of heroin, worth $94,000, that weighed nearly seven pounds.
The subjects in each incident were handed over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigation.