San Luis, Ariz. - Three suspects were arrested in separate incidents over the weekend for attempting to smuggle more than $584,000 worth of narcotics through the San Luis Port of Entry.
Customs and Border Protection officers referred Carlos Silva Miranda, 23, of Yuma, for inspection of his Mazda 626 Friday when he attempted to enter the United States. After officers received a positive scan from an X-ray of the vehicle, they located nearly 63 pounds of marijuana, worth more than $28,000, in all four door frames.
Saturday, officers referred Nohemi Gomez Salinas, 35, a Mexican national from Yuma, for inspection of her Chevy Impala when she attempted to enter the United States. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs, officers found nearly 16 pounds of methamphetamine in the dash, worth more than $247,000.
Sunday, officers referred Jose Covarrubias Felix, 25, a Mexican national, for inspection of his Oldsmobile Alero when he attempted to enter the United States. A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs in the vehicle, which turned out to be nearly 20 pounds of methamphetamine in the front bumper, worth nearly $309,000.
The drugs and vehicles were processed for seizure. The three subjects were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.
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