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CBP Officers Seize $53K Worth of Meth, 2 Arrested

Release Date: 
April 22, 2015

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.

CBP officers removed and seized 15 pounds of meth from within the tailgate of a smuggling vehicle

CBP officers removed and seized 15 pounds of meth from within the tailgate of a smuggling vehicle.

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017