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Meth Smuggler Stopped by CBP Officers

Release Date: 
October 18, 2012

San Luis, Ariz. - A 20-year-old male from Gadsden, Ariz., was taken into custody on October 17, for attempting to smuggle $344,000 worth of methamphetamine into the United States.

After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs in one of the door panels, officers located more than 22 pounds of methamphetamine.

After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs in one of the door panels, officers located more than 22 pounds of methamphetamine.

Customs and Border Protection officers referred Gilberto Mejia for additional inspection of his Buick sedan. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs in one of the door panels, officers located more than 22 pounds of methamphetamine.

The drugs and vehicle were seized. Mejia was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement- Homeland Security Investigations.

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017