San Luis CBP Intercepts $1.85 Million of Meth, Coke
SAN LUIS, ARIZ.—Three Mexican nationals and a Somerton, Ariz. man are in custody in connection with separate failed attempts to smuggle $1.85 million in meth and cocaine into the United States through the Port of San Luis this weekend.
Customs and Border Protection officers referred Gila Del Carmen Garcia-Figueroa, 38, of San Luis, Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico, for inspection of her Ford SUV when she attempted to enter the U.S. Friday. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs inside the vehicle's spare tire, officers removed nearly 15 pounds of cocaine valued at more than $133,000.
Saturday morning, officers referred Jose Venegas-Alatorre, 28, of San Luis, Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico, for inspection of his Honda sedan when he attempted to cross the U.S. border. After a narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs inside the rear seats, officers removed nearly 21 pounds of methamphetamine valued at more than $322,000.
A short time later, Ivan de Jesus Ortiz-Rivas, 30, of San Luis, Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico, was referred for inspection of his Chevrolet SUV when he attempted to enter the U.S. After a narcotics detection canine alerted the fuel tank, officers removed more than 68 pounds of methamphetamine valued at more than $1.06 million.
Just after midnight Sunday, Jose Andres Godinez, 20, of Somerton, Ariz., was arrested after a CBP canine alerted to the fuel tank of his Honda sedan, where officers located and removed nearly 22 pounds of methamphetamine valued at nearly $336,000.
"Hard narcotics such as these are a constant threat to our communities," said San Luis Port Director William K. Brooks. "These seizures are a testament of our officers unwavering determination of protecting our country."
The drugs and vehicles were seized. The four subjects were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.
Individuals arrested may be charged by complaint, the method by which a person is charged with criminal activity, which raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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