Drug busts in southern AZ find over $760K of meth

NOGALES, AZ - Two separate drug busts in southern Arizona on Sunday and Monday nabbed more than $760,000 worth of methamphetamine, according to Customs and Border Protection officials.

In Nogales on Sunday, Border Patrol agents arrested a 33-year-old Mexican man who was trying to smuggle 24 pounds of meth into the U.S., CBP says. The man’s meth was worth an estimated $370,000.

A CBP narcotics detection dog sniffed out the man’s van at the port of entry, and officers found and removed 10 packages of meth from the van’s rear door panels.

On Monday in San Luis, a 49-year-old Mexican woman was arrested with her two sons, ages 18 and 19, after they tried to enter the U.S. with more than 25 pounds of meth, according to CBP.

As with the case in Nogales, a drug dog let officers know the car had drugs, and border agents found 14 packages of meth valued at $392,150.

All those arrested were turned over to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations unit.

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