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San Luis CBP Intercept Nearly 73 lbs. of Cocaine

Release Date: 
January 9, 2012

SAN LUIS, ARIZ.—Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Tucson Field Office seized nearly 73 pounds of cocaine, valued in excess of $660,000, while conducting a secondary inspection at the San Luis Port on the evening of January 8.

Officers referred a 41-year-old male U.S. citizen from San Luis, Arizona, traveling with his wife and three children, for a secondary inspection of his Chevrolet truck when he attempted to enter the United States. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs, officers removed 30 packages of cocaine from the spare tire. The drugs and the truck were processed for seizure. The subject was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations. His family was released without further incident.

 

After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs, officers removed 30 packages of cocaine from the spare tire.

After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs, officers removed 30 packages of cocaine from the spare tire.

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017