Border officers seize $300,000 in cash; nearly $794,000 in meth in 3 incidents

2013-09-09T20:45:00Z 2013-09-09T20:49:14Z Border officers seize $300,000 in cash; nearly $794,000 in meth in 3 incidentsCarmen Duarte Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
September 09, 2013 8:45 pm  • 

A 35-year-old Douglas man was arrested Friday for attempting to smuggle $300,000 in unreported cash into Mexico through the Douglas port of entry, authorities said.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers found seven packages of money hidden inside a compartment in a truck driven by Jerry Joseph Del Rio, said authorities. 

The Toyota truck and cash were seized, and Del Rio was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

On Saturday, two Mexican men were taken into custody at the Nogales port of entry for attempting to smuggle more than 51 pounds of methamphetamine in two separate incidents, said officials.

Adan Segoviano-Gutierrez, 34, was arrested after nearly 35 pounds of methamphetamine was found underneath a plastic bed liner of his GMC truck, said officers.

A drug-sniffing dog alerted officers to the meth, which was worth about $538,000, officers said.

In the other incident, Juan Salomon Orozco-Bojorquez, 26, was taken into custody at the Mariposa port of entry after officers found nearly 17 pounds of meth in a hidden compartment in his Dodge truck.

A drug-detection dog alerted to the drugs within the truck's dashboard area, authorities said. The drugs were valued at $256,000.

The drugs and vehicles were seized in both cases.

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