TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a 19-year-old woman May 12 for allegedly attempting to smuggle more than 40 pounds of cocaine through the Port of San Luis.
Officers referred Elidia Margarita Espero-Obeso, of Victorville, California, for a secondary inspection of her Mitsubishi SUV. After a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs in a false floor compartment, officers removed 16 packages of cocaine worth more than $432,000.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicle, and referred Espero 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.