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CBP Officers In Southern Arizona Seize Heroin, Coke Valued At More Than $820,000

Release Date: 
July 17, 2012

San Luis, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the San Luis port of entry arrested in two men in two separate incidents for attempting to smuggle narcotics into the United States.

CBP officers in San Luis, Ariz. seized nearly 42 pounds of cocaine.

On July 17, 30-year-old Noel Solis, a U.S. citizen living in Mexico, was arrested after Customs and Border Protection officers found nearly 33 pounds of heroin in his Dodge pickup truck during a secondary inspection. A narcotics detection canine alerted officers to the vehicle, which contained 11 packages of heroin valued at more than $440,000.

On July 14, 57-year-old Gregory Rico, a resident of Yuma, was arrested at the port after CBP officers discovered almost 42 pounds of cocaine in his Ford SUV during a secondary inspection. Officers were alerted by a narcotics detection canine, which led to the discovery of 18 packages containing cocaine worth more than $380,000.

Both men were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations. The drugs and vehicles were processed for seizure.

Individuals arrested may be charged by complaint, the method by which a person is charged with criminal activity, which raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

The Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within CBP tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation's ports. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the U.S. while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes carrying out border-related duties, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) 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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017