July 8

• U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry referred a 35-year-old Peoria, Ariz. resident for further inspection of her Honda sedan following an alert by a drug-sniffing dog. Officers searched the car and found more than 90 packages, later identified as nearly 123 pounds of methamphetamine and almost two pounds of heroin. The drugs have an estimated total value of $412,000.

July 4

• The pedestrian crossing at the DeConcini port was temporarily closed “due to a public safety concern,” a CBP spokesperson said. “There was no major impact to the port and processing resumed normal operations.”

July 3

• CBP officers at the Morley Avenue pedestrian crossing referred an 18-year-old man from Tucson for further inspection when he attempted to enter the country from Mexico. During the search, officers discovered a package hidden in the suspect’s groin area that was later identified as nearly three-quarters of a pound of fentanyl. The drugs had a street value of more than $10,000.

June 27

• U.S. Border Patrol agents at the Interstate 19 checkpoint arrested a 22-year-old U.S. citizen after she was caught attempting to smuggle 246.5 grams of fentanyl inside her body. 

June 23

• Border Patrol agents at the I-19 immigration checkpoint arrested a man from Maricopa County after he was allegedly caught transporting a “dangerous cocktail of drugs” that included methamphetamines, Xanax and Viagra.

June 21

• Border Patrol agents arrested Walter Patricio Juela Pinancela, a 29-year-old Ecuadorian national, after he entered the country illegally in Nogales. During processing, agents conducting record checks discovered that Juela had an aggravated felony conviction in Queens County, N.Y. for statutory rape in 2016, and mandatory registration as a sex offender. Juela will remain in custody to face prosecution for felony immigration charges, the Border Patrol said.

June 17

• Border Patrol agents at the Interstate 19 checkpoint arrested a 22-year-old Mexican man on drug-smuggling charges after they found 11 pounds of heroin hidden in the car he was driving.

June 12 

• CBP officers at the Mariposa Port of Entry referred a 40-year-old Phoenix woman for further inspection of her Buick sedan when she attempted to enter the United States from Mexico. Tipped off by a drug-sniffing dog, officers discovered more than 100 suspicious packages hidden throughout the vehicle. The contents of the packages were identified as more than 120 pounds of meth, with an estimated value of more than $360,000.


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