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Drug Smugglers Attempt to Get Past Officers at Ports

Release Date: 
May 7, 2014

TUCSON, Ariz. — Two people were arrested Tuesday for attempting to smuggle methamphetamine through Arizona ports of entry.

CBP officers assigned to the Deconcini crossing caught a body carrier of methamphetamine, who was a passenger in a vehicle that was referred for additional inspection.U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing in Nogales referred one vehicle passenger, a 41-year-old Phoenix woman, for additional inspection.  A CBP narcotic detection canine alerted to the suspect subsequently found with three packages of methamphetamine wrapped around her legs and mid-section. The drugs weighed more than four pounds and valued at an estimated $12,000.

Smugglers attempted to hide more than six pounds of meth within the manifold of a smuggling vehicle, that was referred for additional inspection by CBP officers assigned to the Port of San LuisAdditionally, CBP officers at the Port of San Luis referred a 49-year-old male Mexican national for a further search of his Ford truck. During the search, they located three packages of meth concealed within the truck’s manifold. The drugs weighed more than six pounds and have an estimated value of $18,000.

The Ford truck and all drugs were seized. Both subjects were referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.