TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of San Luis arrested three men for separate attempts to smuggle a combined $182,000 in methamphetamine on May 5.
Officers removed more than 18 pounds of the drug, valued in excess of $55,000, from the dashboard of a Ford sedan driven by a 33-year-old male Mexican national. They also found more than 11 pounds of meth, worth in excess of $33,000, after a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the rear quarter panels of a Chrysler sedan driven by a 45-year-old man from Somerton, Arizona. Finally, officers discovered another 31 pounds of meth after a drug canine alerted to the back seat of a Ford truck driven by a 48-year-old San Luis, Arizona man. Officers estimated his stash to be worth more than $94,000.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicles. Officers arrested all three and turned them over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.