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CBP in San Luis Stop Smuggler with $215,000 of Meth

Release Date: 
March 26, 2013


CBP officers assigned to the San Luis, Ariz. Port seize nearly 14 pounds of meth from the undercarriage of smuggling vehicle.


SAN LUIS, ARIZ.—A 34-year-old Phoenix man was arrested Saturday for attempting to smuggle nearly 14 pounds of meth into the United States.

Customs and Border Protection officers referred Ricardo A. Martinez, for an inspection of his Lexus sedan when he attempted to enter the United States. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs, officers located a hidden compartment underneath the engine which contained ten packages of meth.

The drugs and vehicle were seized. Martinez was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

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 Customs and Border Protection tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation's ports. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States 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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017