Alleged drug smuggler carried ‘meth burritos’ over border

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NOGALES, Ariz. -- Border officials say a woman was busted for allegedly smuggling more than a pound of meth, disguised as burritos.

Officers stopped the 23-year-old Nogales woman this weekend as she crossed the border through a pedestrian gate.

A positive alert by a CBP narcotics detection canine help officers find slightly more than a pound of meth, worth more than $3,000.

The drugs were disguised as a bag of burritos.

Border officials say a woman was busted for allegedly smuggling more than a pound of meth, disguised as burritos.Officers stopped the 23-year-old Nogales woman this weekend as she crossed the border through a pedestrian gate. Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Border officials say a woman was busted for allegedly smuggling more than a pound of meth, disguised as burritos.Officers stopped the 23-year-old Nogales woman this weekend as she crossed the border through a pedestrian gate.
Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Border officials report a number of other drug seizures as well, this weekend.

On Friday, officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing referred a 45-year-old Mexican national male for a secondary inspection of his Chevrolet truck.

When searching the dashboard area, officers located nearly 28 pounds of cocaine. The drugs are valued at more than $311,000.

On Saturday, officers referred a 38-year-old Mexican national male for further inspection of his Ford truck at the DeConcini crossing.

After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted officers to the center console area of the truck, officers removed nearly 16 pounds of cocaine, worth nearly $179,000. The drugs were concealed around the transmission.

Border officials say a woman was busted for allegedly smuggling more than a pound of meth, disguised as burritos.Officers stopped the 23-year-old Nogales woman this weekend as she crossed the border through a pedestrian gate. Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Border officials say a woman was busted for allegedly smuggling more than a pound of meth, disguised as burritos.Officers stopped the 23-year-old Nogales woman this weekend as she crossed the border through a pedestrian gate.
Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

On Sunday, officers referred a 43-year-old Mexican national and his 40-year-old Mexican spouse for an inspection of his Chevrolet sedan at the Nogales West/Mariposa crossing.

Again, with assistance from a narcotics-detection canine, officers found almost 24 pounds of cocaine, valued at nearly $271,000, and nearly 10 pounds of meth, exceeding $28,900 in value.

Later that evening, officers at the DeConcini crossing referred a 60-year-old Glendale, Ariz. woman for further inspection of her Ford truck. A drug canine alerted officers to the tailgate, where officers removed more than 27 pounds of meth, worth nearly $82,000.

Officers also found more than 3 pounds of heroin, worth nearly $54,000.

Officers seized the vehicles and drugs, and turned the subjects over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

Border officials say a woman was busted for allegedly smuggling more than a pound of meth, disguised as burritos.Officers stopped the 23-year-old Nogales woman this weekend as she crossed the border through a pedestrian gate. Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Border officials say a woman was busted for allegedly smuggling more than a pound of meth, disguised as burritos.Officers stopped the 23-year-old Nogales woman this weekend as she crossed the border through a pedestrian gate.
Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection