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.