TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested two teenaged females Wednesday in connection to separate failed smuggling attempts at Arizona’s Port of San Luis.
Officers working the pedestrian lane referred a 16-year-old girl for further inspection when she attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico. A CBP canine alerted to an odor it was trained to detect, prompting a further search of the teen. Officers found more than 11 pounds of methamphetamine wrapped around her midsection, with an estimated value of $34,000.
At about the same time, a second 16-year-old girl was referred for further inspection as well. Like the first girl, a CBP canine alerted to the presence of drugs, prompting a further search. Officers discovered more than 7 pounds of meth wrapped around her midsection, worth nearly $22,000.
CBP officers arrested both subjects for narcotics smuggling and seized the drugs. Officers then turned the teens 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.