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57-year-old Yuma Resident Arrested for Smuggling Nearly $1.1 Million in Heroin

Release Date: 
July 3, 2012

San Luis, Ariz. - A 57-year-old Mexican citizen residing in Yuma was arrested Sunday for attempting to smuggle nearly 24 pounds of heroin into the United States through the San Luis Port.

A 57-year-old Mexican citizen residing in Yuma was arrested Sunday for attempting to smuggle nearly 24 pounds of heroin into the United States through the San Luis Port. The narcotics had an estimated value of nearly $1.1 million.

A 57-year-old Mexican citizen residing in Yuma was arrested Sunday for attempting to smuggle nearly 24 pounds of heroin into the United States through the San Luis Port. The narcotics had an estimated value of nearly $1.1 million.

Customs and Border Protection officers referred Jesus Valenzuela for a secondary inspection of his 1987 Ford Aero Star. During the inspection, officers discovered evidence of tampering to the interior side-wall. After a CBP canine alerted to the possible presence of drugs within the vehicle, an x-ray revealed multiple anomalies inside the quarter panel. The officers removed 10 brick-shaped packages from the after-market compartment which proved to be heroin.

The narcotics weighed 24 pounds with an estimated value of nearly $1.1 million. Valenzuela was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations. The drugs and vehicle were processed for seizure.

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February 9, 2017