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2 Mesa residents allegedly caught at border with drugs worth over $1M

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PHOENIX – Border officers arrested two Mesa residents this week for allegedly attempting to smuggle more than $1 million worth of illegal drugs into Arizona from Mexico, authorities said.

A 30-year-old woman was driving a Chevy SUV on Monday afternoon with a 26-year-old male passenger at the DeConcini Crossing in Nogales, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection press release.

The vehicle was sent for an additional search, and a drug-sniffing dog gave a positive alert.

A search revealed more than 70 drug packages stashed throughout the vehicle, including more than 90 pounds of heroin worth around $1 million, the release said.

Officers also found 11 pounds of fentanyl worth more than $122,000, 2 pounds of methamphetamine worth about $2,000 and 20 pounds of cocaine worth approximately $270,000.

Earlier that day at the same crossing, a 42-year-old woman from Oracle, Arizona, and a 40-year-old woman from Mexico were arrested for attempting to smuggle more than 54 pounds of meth worth around $49,000.

Also Monday morning, a 47-year-old Douglas, Arizona, man was caught at the Port of Douglas with 9 pounds of cocaine worth almost $123,000.

The three busts yielded a combined 187 pounds of drugs worth around $1.6 million at Arizona border crossings that day.

Border officers seized the drugs and vehicles and arrested the occupants, who were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

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