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San Luis CBP Nabs Smugglers with Hard Drugs

Release Date: 
November 13, 2014

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.

CBP officers at the Port of San Luis seized 42 pounds of cocaine from within a non-factory compartment inside of a smuggling vehicle

CBP officers at the Port of San Luis seized 42 pounds of cocaine from within a non-factory compartment inside of a smuggling vehicle.

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.   

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017