TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a 19-year-old Tucson man on June 2 for allegedly attempting to smuggle nearly seven-point-five pounds of heroin through the Port of San Luis.
Officers referred Ivan Guillermo Medrano for a secondary inspection when he approached the pedestrian crossing. After a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs in a false compartment in a pair of suitcases, officers removed six packages of heroin worth more than $105,000.
Officers seized the drugs and Medrano was arrested and turned 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.