TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of San Luis arrested two people on April 23 in connection with separate failed attempts to smuggle hard drugs worth more than $172,000 into the United States.
After a CBP officer working at the port’s pedestrian lane referred an 18-year-old Glendale, Arizona man for secondary inspection of a travel bag, officers found more than five pounds of heroin worth in excess of $90,000.
Later in the day, officers referred a 20-year-old California woman for a secondary inspection of her Jeep SUV. After a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs within the gas tank, officers removed more than 27 pounds of meth approximately $82,000.
Officers arrested both subjects and turned them over to 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.