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CBP Intercepts $207K in Cocaine at San Luis, Ariz. Entry

Release Date: 
September 20, 2013

SAN LUIS, ARIZ.—A Mexican national was arrested yesterday following a failed attempt to smuggle nearly 23 pounds of cocaine into the U.S. through the Port of San Luis, Ariz.

Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a 24-year-old woman after a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs behind a speaker box in her Lincoln SUV. During a search of the vehicle, officers located nine packages of cocaine with a value in excess of $207,200.

The drugs and vehicle were seized. The subject was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

Individuals arrested may be charged by complaint, the method by which a person is charged with criminal activity, which raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017