TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of San Luis arrested a local man Thursday for an alleged attempt to smuggle more than 35 pounds of drugs valued in excess of $210,500.
Officers referred Manuel Vega, a 26-year-old San Luis resident, for a secondary inspection of his Honda SUV. During the inspection, a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs within the dashboard. As a result, officers found 56 packages containing nearly 9.5 pounds of heroin and almost 26 pounds of methamphetamine.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicle, and referred Vega 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.