TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a legal, permanent U.S. resident from Mexico early Thursday for an alleged attempt to smuggle more than 66 pounds of methamphetamine through the Port of San Luis.
Officers referred the driver of a Chevy truck, later identified as a 31-year-old man living in San Luis, for additional inspection as he attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to a scent it was trained to detect coming from inside the truck’s spare tire, officers discovered nearly 60 packages of meth worth almost $199,000.
CBP officers seized the drugs and vehicle. The subject was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.