TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of San Luis arrested a 21-year-old man from San Luis, Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico, and a 15-year-old from San Luis, Arizona, during separate weekend smuggling attempts involving nearly 17 pounds of methamphetamine.
Officers referred Nestor Alejandro Rivera-Mendoza for a secondary inspection of his Ford truck as he attempted to enter the United States Saturday. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs in the tailgate, officers removed more than 15 pounds of meth valued at nearly $46,000.
On Sunday, officers referred a male teen for additional questioning as he attempted to enter the United States through a pedestrian lane. When officers searched the teen, they found three packages of meth affixed to his lower back and each of his thighs. The meth, weighing more than two pounds, is worth almost $7,000.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicle, and referred both subjects 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.