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$14 Million Worth of Drugs, Man Wanted for Murder Seized in Busy 2 Weeks at the Border

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$14.3 million worth of narcotics and several weapons have been seized since the start of February at an Arizona checkpoint where officials also arrested a man wanted for murder, Customs and Border Protection announced Tuesday.

Officials in Nogales, Arizona, have seized 440 pounds of methamphetamine, 385,000 tablets of fentanyl, 84 pounds of heroin and almost 13 pounds of cocaine in around 25 instances since Feb. 1, according to CBP.

A 28-year-old man wanted for murder in Las Vegas was arrested while in possession of an AR-15 assault rifle, a handgun and over 300 rounds of ammunition.

“I could not be prouder of our officers. Even during a pandemic, they continue to keep dangerous opioids off the streets and keep our communities safe,” CBP official Michael Humphries said in a statement.

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A Mexican national driving a truck was arrested on Feb. 10 after attempting to smuggle over 7 pounds of fentanyl tablets into the U.S. by concealing them in fire extinguishers, according to CBP.

Officials discovered more than 250 pounds of meth and 6 pounds of cocaine the same day in a rail car.

In one instance, two U.S. citizens attempted to smuggle meth, fentanyl tablets and cocaine in a compartment beneath their pickup truck’s center console.

The 28-year-old murder suspect was apprehended Feb. 3 while driving a stolen vehicle. 

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