TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of San Luis apprehended two U.S. citizens after finding more than 66 pounds of methamphetamine during separate encounters Monday.
Officers first referred a 46-year-old Yuma woman for a secondary search of her 2008 Ford Fusion when she attempted to enter the U.S. early Monday. During the inspection, a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted officers to the backseat area where they found more than 41 pounds of meth, worth approximately $123,000.
A few hours later, officers referred a 41-year-old man from Wellton, Arizona, for further inspection of his 1993 Ford Ranger. This time, a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted officers to the truck’s tires. Each tire contained two half-moon metal collars filled with meth. Combined the drugs weighed 25 pounds and worth an estimated $76,000.
Officers arrested both suspects for narcotics smuggling, and turned them over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. CBP officers also seized the vehicles and drugs.
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.