TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested four Somerton, Ariz. residents over the past weekend in separate attempts to smuggle nearly 13 pounds of methamphetamine and nearly 42 pounds of cocaine into the United States through the Port of San Luis.
Christian Cedillo, 24, and his 32-year-old brother, Jose Luis Cedillo were apprehended at the port on Nov. 8 after officers found 16 packages of crystal meth in the transfer case of their Ford truck. The drugs weighed nearly 13 pounds and have an estimated value of $38,000.
Armando Zavala, 32, and his 34-year-old wife, Martha Zavala were taken into custody on Nov. 9 after a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs within a non-factory compartment behind the back seats of their Ford truck. A total of 15 packages of cocaine weighed nearly 42 pounds and have an estimated value of more than $438,000.
Officers seized the drugs, worth more than $476,000, and both vehicles. All four subjects were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
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.