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San Luis CBP Officers Arrest Mexican National for Smuggling Cocaine

Release Date: 
June 19, 2012

San Luis, Ariz. - A 30-year-old man from San Luis, Sonora, Mexico was arrested Friday for attempting to smuggle nearly 35 pounds of cocaine, into the United States through the San Luis Port.

CBP officers at San Luis Port found 14 packages of cocaine hidden in non-factory compartments in the tire wheel wells.

CBP officers at San Luis Port found 14 packages of cocaine hidden in non-factory compartments in the tire wheel wells.

Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the San Luis Port referred the driver for a secondary inspection of his Ford SUV. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs, officers located 14 packages of cocaine inside non-factory compartments in the tire wheel wells.

The drugs and vehicle were processed for seizure. The subject was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017