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Feds foil 5 drug smuggling attempts in southern AZ

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NOGALES, AZ (CBS5) -

Federal officers foiled five separate smuggling attempts over the weekend involving Tucson residents and Mexican nationals.

The amount of methamphetamine and cocaine seized in the three-day period by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers totaled 206 pounds and was valued at more than $1.5 million. 

A 36-year-old Tucson woman, who was also a SENTRI trusted traveler, was arrested Friday after officers found nearly 17 pounds of cocaine and more than a pound of methamphetamine within compartments inside of a SUV. The combined value of the seizure was more than $171,000. Her SENTRI card was revoked. 

A 24-year-old Mexican man was taken into custody Saturday when a CBP narcotics detection dog alerted to drugs within the bumper of his vehicle. Nearly 55 pounds of methamphetamine were seized with an estimated value of more than $846,000.

Officers arrested a driver and passenger, both 42 and from Tucson, after a service dog alerted to the presence of drugs in her vehicle. More than 102 pounds of marijuana with an estimated value of $46,000 were removed from within the vehicle's floor.

That afternoon, a 31-year-old Mexican man was arrested when he attempted to enter the U.S. with more than 31 pounds of methamphetamine in his vehicle. The drugs were located within the doors of his Nissan sedan. The drugs, valued at nearly $485,000 were also detected by a CBP dog. 

A 22-year-old Tucson woman was arrested when she attempted to depart the U.S. with a stolen pickup truck. The woman was sent to the secondary area by the CBP officers for further inspection where the vehicle was confirmed to be stolen from the Phoenix area. The woman was turned over to the Nogales Police Department for further processing. 

The remaining five people were referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations. The drugs and vehicles were processed for seizure.

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