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San Luis CBP Nabs Smuggler with $389,000 Worth of Meth

Release Date: 
May 17, 2013

SAN LUIS, ARIZ.—A 28-year-old male U.S. citizen residing in San Luis, Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico, was arrested Wednesday for attempting to smuggle more than 25 pounds of methamphetamine into the United States.

 

A routine X-ray inspection of the man's vehichle confirmed an unknown anomaly within the front bumper which turned out to be 18 packages of crystal meth.

CBP officers at San Luis arrested a 28-year-old man Wednesday for attempting to smuggle more than 25 pounds of methamphetamine into the United States.

Customs and Border Protection officers referred Juan Antonio Ruiz-Espinoza for an inspection of his Oldsmobile sedan when he attempted to enter the United States. After a narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs in the vehicle, a routine X-ray inspection confirmed an unknown anomaly within the front bumper which turned out to be 18 packages of crystal meth.

The drugs and vehicle were seized. Ruiz was 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.

The Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Customs and Border Protection tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation's ports. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes carrying out border-related duties, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017