San Luis, Ariz - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the San Luis port of entry have arrested four in failed drug smuggling attempts of methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana. The CBP officers along with the drug sniffing dogs began the month of February on the fast track.
"The officers have maintained a high state of vigilance which is apparent through these various seizures," said Acting Port Director Robert L. Schroeder. "The poison of these drugs has been kept from reaching our children here in the United States, thanks to our officers."
On February 2, CBP officers seized methamphetamine and cocaine on the same day. The first incident occurred as a 24-year old applied for entry into the U.S. while driving a Dodge Ram truck. The officers referred the man to secondary due to his demeanor. Once in the secondary inspection lot the officers discovered the vehicle had a non-factory compartment below the front seat of the truck which contained over 8 pounds of methamphetamine.
The second incident occurred as the officers were processing travelers entering the country and encountered a 19-year old driving a Chevy Blazer. The man was referred after the narcotic detector dog sniffed out the vehicle. Once in secondary the officers discovered the gas tank had more than 70 pounds of cocaine packages.
On February 4, CBP officers discover over 23 pounds of methamphetamine within the trunk of a Chrysler 300 driven by a 21-year old man.
Officers discovered close to 600 pounds of marijuana on February 5 in the bed of a Chevy Avalanche driven by a 20-year old man. Within hours CBP officers arrested a 19-year old woman after they found over 27 pounds of cocaine in a non-factory compartment within the engine area.
All cases were turned over to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement for further investigation.
The methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana combined have an estimated street value of $5,254,411.