TUCSON, Ariz. – Two border-area residents were arrested Oct. 1, in separate incidents for attempting to smuggle more than 30 pounds of methamphetamine into the United States.
Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of San Luis arrested a 19-year-old U.S. citizen presently living in San Luis, Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico after a narcotics detection canine alerted officers to 15 packages of crystal meth in the dashboard of his Lincoln sedan. The drugs weighed nearly 18 pounds and are worth more than $53,000.
A short time later, officers arrested a 22-year-old San Luis, Arizona man after a narcotics canine alerted to his vehicle. Officers then remove 12 packages of meth, weighing nearly 13 pounds, from the center console. The drugs are worth nearly $38,000.
Officers seized the vehicles and drugs, and turned both men 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.