TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of San Luis apprehended a United States citizen after finding more than 42 pounds of cocaine in his vehicle during a secondary inspection Tuesday morning.
Officers referred a 30-year-old man from Los Angeles, California, for a secondary search of his 2014 Ford truck when he attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico. During the inspection, a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted officers to the back of the truck’s cab where they found multiple packages of cocaine worth almost $476,000.
Officers arrested the suspect for narcotics smuggling, and turned him over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. CBP officers also seized the truck and drugs.
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.