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Nogales Border Patrol apprehends more than $1.4 million in narcotics

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PHOENIX — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized more than $1.4 million in hard narcotics, officials said Friday.

260 pounds of fentanyl tablets, heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine were confiscated following a vehicle inspection at the Port of Nogales on Thursday afternoon.

According to officials, a 34-year-old U.S. citizen attempted to enter the country through the port in her pickup truck. After being referred for a second inspection, Border Patrol agents noticed something suspicious with the vehicle.

A narcotics detection canine was sent in and found the drugs through a non-intrusive inspection.

A total of 209 packages were found concealed throughout the cab, truck bed, tailgate and spare tire. 51 pounds of fentanyl tablets (over 211,000 tablets), 91 pounds of heroin, 113 pounds of methamphetamine and nearly six pounds of cocaine were discovered and seized by Border Patrol agents.

The woman was arrested and then turned over for federal prosecution, officials said.

“Day in and day out, CBP Officers continue to protect our nation’s borders and communities,” Area Port Director Michael Humphries said in the release. “[Thursday], cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and over 211,000 fentanyl tablets were stopped at the border by CBP Officers from reaching our neighborhoods throughout the United States.

“This is another excellent example of our officers working together as a team to achieve this great enforcement action to prevent these deadly drugs from reaching neighborhoods. Our officers remain dedicated to protecting the borders in the midst of this pandemic.”

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