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CBP Nabs Smuggler with Heroin in Gas Tank

Release Date: 
June 11, 2013

SAN LUIS, ARIZ.—A 47-year-old local man was arrested earlier today for attempting to smuggle nearly 30 pounds of heroin into the United States.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred Gustavo Garcia-Siqueiros for an inspection of his Ford truck when he attempted to re-enter the United States. A narcotics detection canine then alerted to the presence of drugs in the vehicle's gas tank, where officers located 12 packages of heroin.

The drugs, valued at $403,920, and truck were seized. Garcia 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.

The Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within CBP tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation's ports. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes carrying out border-related duties, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017