SAN LUIS, Ariz. – A San Luis, Sonora, Mexico woman and a Yuma man were arrested over the weekend for attempting to smuggle heroin and methamphetamine in separate incidents into the United States.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers Friday arrested a 36-year-old Yuma man after a narcotics detection canine alerted officers to 21 packages of crystal meth in the doors and rear seats of his Toyota sedan. The drugs, worth nearly $104,000 and with a total weight of nearly 35 pounds, and vehicle were seized.
Sunday, officers referred a 33-year-old San Luis, Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico woman for further questioning as she entered through the pedestrian crossing. Officers located traces of marijuana within her handbag leading to a search and the discovery of four packages of heroin wrapped around the woman’s mid-section. The drugs weighed just over ten pounds and have an estimated value of more than $141,000.
Both subjects were referred to U.S. Immigration and Custom’s Enforcements’ Homeland Security Investigations. The drugs and the vehicle were seized.
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 the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.