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Drug smugglers using new methods to operate in Arizona

From crutches to absolutely functioning engines, officers on the Nogales Port of Entry are seeing information methods medication try to be introduced in.

NOGALES, Ariz — Fentanyl seizures proceed to develop on the Arizona border, and a state port director says suspects are using new means to get them throughout.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Director Michael Humphries for the Port of Nogales says smugglers are getting artistic when it comes to sneaking medication into Arizona.

“Anything you can imagine,” he mentioned.

It’s not simply espresso cans and automotive tires anymore. Humphries says they’ve had instances the place officers have discovered narcotics in absolutely functioning automotive engines.

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“We’ve had to completely disassemble engines to get to packages of narcotics with the engine running,” Humphries says. Recently, they’ve seen hundreds of fentanyl capsules tried to be smuggled in using working automotive batteries.

Humphries says, “You lift the hood of the vehicle, it looks like just a normal car battery sitting there.”

The batteries are hollowed out Humphries says. They are then full of narcotics. To get the batteries to work, smugglers place smaller batteries from a motorbike or lawnmower so the automotive will quickly run.

Humphries says, “They just really need it to start one time that they get sent down for inspection.”

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Since the COVID-19 pandemic, officers on the border have additionally seen a rise in the variety of individuals making an attempt to smuggle in medication whereas on foot by taping the medication on their legs or our bodies. Last week, officers caught somebody making an attempt to smuggle fentanyl capsules in their crutches.

The director additionally mentioned what officers have seized from individuals going into Mexico.

They say absolutely automated firearms and ammunition seizures have gone up considerably from final year and consider persons are making an attempt to give these firearms to cartels and different prison organizations in Mexico.

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