TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of San Luis arrested a Mexican man during a failed attempt to smuggle more than 20 pounds of methamphetamine May 19.
Officers referred Alfredo Garcia, 39, a permanent resident alien living in Somerton, Arizona, for a secondary inspection of his Nissan sedan. After a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs in the vehicle’s gas tank, officers removed 40 packages of methamphetamine valued at more than $60,000.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicle, and referred Garcia 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.