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Lukeville CBP Officers Seize $57K in Hard Drugs

Release Date: 
February 26, 2015

TUCSON, Ariz. — A 33-year-old Phoenix woman was arrested after a failed drug smuggling attempt at the Port of Lukeville.

CBP officers at the Port of Lukeville were alerted to the presence of meth and heroin inside the trunk of a smuggling vehicle, by a narcotics detection canine.

CBP officers at the Port of Lukeville were alerted to the presence of meth and heroin inside the trunk of a smuggling vehicle, by a narcotics detection canine.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred Claudia Cortez, for a secondary inspection of her Infiniti sedan, with the assistance from a CBP narcotics detection canine. After the dog alerted to the presence of drugs, officers removed 11 packages of methamphetamine and an additional package of heroin inside the gas tank. There was nearly 12 pounds of meth with a value of nearly $35,000 and more than a pound and a half worth of heroin, worth nearly $22,000.

Officers processed the drugs and vehicle for seizure, while Cortez was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017