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Millions in Cocaine, Heroin, Fentanyl Seized at Border Crossings Over Veterans Day Weekend

A series of arrests at Arizona’s Port of Nogales netted over half a million dollars’ worth of heroin, fentanyl and cocaine over the Veterans Day holiday weekend.

On Friday, a CBP narcotics detection canine caught the scent heroin in a tourist bus at the Mariposa Crossing, and officers found a half-pound of heroin concealed in a package inside the body a 28-year-old woman from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. The cocaine was estimated to be worth $17,000.

Later that day, at the Morley Pedestrian Crossing, a 20-year-old U.S. male was found to have strapped two packages of heroin to his thighs worth more than $76,000.

Read: CBP Find Cross-Border Tunnel into Nogales, Arizona

On Saturday afternoon, a 16-year old from Nogales, Ariz., was arrested for trying to cross into the U.S. with 1.5 pounds of fentanyl — worth approximately $20,000 — hidden inside both of his shoes.

Later Saturday, a 29-year-old man from Nogales, Mexico, was found at the DeConcini Crossing to have 17 pounds of cocaine worth $400,000 hidden in the dashboard of his Honda sedan.

“Officers seized the drugs as well as the vehicle,” said U.S. Customs and Border Protection. “The subjects were all arrested and then turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.”

ICYMI: Nogales CBP Officers Make Near-Record Hard Drug Seizure

SEE: White House Framework on Immigration Reform and Border Security

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