Busy End of September for CPB Border Busts

Between September 18 and September 30, Customs and Border Protection Officers intercepted more than 3,462 pounds of hard drugs with a combined value of nearly $3.1 million dollars.

Weekend of September 18-19

Customs and Border Protection officials, the four-legged kind, intercepted nearly 100 pounds of methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin over the weekend. The combined value of the seized illegal drugs was $567,000.Three Americans and one Mexican national were detained.


A 23-year-old American citizen driving a Volkswagen contributed the first 12 pounds to the total as he tried to smuggle four pounds of methamphetamine (worth $13,000) and eight pounds of heroin (with a value of $109,000) stashed under the back seat of his car.

Some time after that, a 22-year-old American woman from Nogales, Arizona was busted at the DeConcini border crossing for having more than 41 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in a quarter panel of her vehicle. The drugs have a street value of more than $124,000.

And later that day, also at the DeConcini crossing, a Mexican national was found to have 25 pounds of cocaine concealed in the quarter panel of his Chevy sedan. The cocaine was valued at more than $262,000.


To complete the weekend, on Sunday a 21-year-old Tucson man was caught trying to transport 20 pounds of methamphetamine across the border. The meth had a street value of $69,000.

Monday, September 20

Elderly U.S. Citizen Caught with More than $100k in Undeclared Currency

Packets of undeclared currency that were discovered. Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Packets of undeclared currency that were discovered. Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

A 74-year-old citizen of Yuma, Arizona was diverted to a secondary outgoing inspection at the DeConcini border crossing as he attempted to drive his Ford SUV into Mexico. There, CBP officers found nine packages containing $109,000 in U.S. currency hidden inside of the cowling of his windshield.

Tuesday, September 28

Nogales, Sonora Resident Caught with $255k Worth of Heroin

A four-legged CBP official alerted his two-legged colleagues to a vehicle driven by 24-year-old Victor Adan Esparza Arballo from Nogales, Sonora. An inspection revealed that Mr. Esparza was concealing more than 18 pounds of heroin under the back seat of his BMW sedan. The drugs were valued at $255,000.

Wednesday, September 29

Obregon, Sonora Man Caught Trying to Smuggle $581,000 in Drugs

A canine CBP agent signaled to his fellow officers that a Nissan SUV driven by 35-year-old Ivan Lopez-Menchaca of Ciudad Obregon, Sonora may be transporting drugs. He was right. Once CBP officials had opened the vehicle’s dashboard, they found more than 36 pounds of heroin, with a value of $511,000. They also found more than five pounds of cocaine and an additional five pounds of methamphetamine, with a combined value of more than $70,000.

Thursday, September 30

CBP Seizes Marijuana Load Valued at $1.7 Million

Officials at the Mariposa commercial border crossing in Nogales referred a truck driven by a 24-year-old man from Navolato, Sinaloa to secondary inspection. As the vehicle was being x-ray scanned, inspectors noticed that something appeared to be suspicious. Upon conducting a physical inspection, CBP officers discovered 145 bales of marijuana weighing more than 3300 pounds. The total value of the bust was estimated to be $1,670,000.

Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

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