San Luis, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the San Luis II Commercial Port prevented a large narcotics smuggling attempt Saturday by seizing more than 387 pounds of cocaine hidden in a tractor trailer.
"This outstanding seizure is the result of the officer's attention to detail and the utilization of available technology," said Port Director William K. Brooks. "This is just another example of CBP's dedication to keeping our country safe by preventing dangerous narcotics from entering."
At about 1:45 p.m., a 37-year-old Mexican man from San Luis, Rio Colorado, Mexico, attempted to enter the United States through a San Luis Commercial Port truck lane and was referred for a secondary inspection. CBP officers observed an anomaly during an X-ray scan. A narcotics detection canine alerted to the trailer which lead to the discovery of 154 packages of cocaine. The narcotics, weighing more than 387 pounds with an estimated value of more than $3.52 million, along with the tractor trailer were seized. The owner, who later showed up, and the truck driver were taken into custody and turned over to ICE HSI for further investigation.
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