Over $350,000 worth of Cocaine seized by DPS south of Tucson on I-19
Brother and sister team were arrested and booked on felony drug charges
Monday, April 19, 2010 -
On Thursday, April 15, 2010, just after 6:00 a.m., a DPS Highway Patrol Officer stopped a red 1993 GMC pick-up truck traveling north on Interstate 19 at Kilometer 48, just north of the Border Patrol Checkpoint for a traffic violation. After a search of the vehicle with the assistance of a DPS canine, several packages were found inside the gas tank which revealed 29.3 pounds (13.3 kilos) of Cocaine. The estimated bulk street value of the cocaine is approximately $372,400. The driver, Alfredo Cazares-Perez, 41, and his sister, Dinoran Araceli Cazares-Perez, 35, both of Nogales, Ariz., were arrested and booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail on charges of possession and transportation of narcotic drugs for sale. The drugs and vehicle were seized. The truck had crossed the international border about thirty minutes prior to the traffic stop.
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