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CBP Officers at Port of San Luis Seize $199K in Meth

Release Date: 
August 30, 2017

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.

A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted officers to more than 40 pounds of meth
Officers discovered more than 40
pounds of meth inside the seats of a
smuggling vehicle

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.

Last modified: 
August 31, 2017