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San Luis CBP Nab Smugglers with Hard Drugs

Release Date: 
June 17, 2014

SAN LUIS, Ariz. – A San Luis, Sonora, Mexico woman and a Yuma man were arrested over the weekend for attempting to smuggle heroin and methamphetamine in separate incidents into the United States.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers Friday arrested a 36-year-old Yuma man after a narcotics detection canine alerted officers to 21 packages of crystal meth in the doors and rear seats of his Toyota sedan.  The drugs, worth nearly $104,000 and with a total weight of nearly 35 pounds, and vehicle were seized.

Sunday, officers referred a 33-year-old San Luis, Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico woman for further questioning as she entered through the pedestrian crossing. Officers located traces of marijuana within her handbag leading to a search and the discovery of four packages of heroin wrapped around the woman’s mid-section. The drugs weighed just over ten pounds and have an estimated value of more than $141,000.

Both subjects were referred to U.S. Immigration and Custom’s Enforcements’ Homeland Security Investigations. The drugs and the vehicle were seized.