TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a U.S. citizen Thursday, in connection to a failed smuggling attempt at Arizona’s Port of San Luis.
Officers at the pedestrian crossing area referred a 19-year-old male for additional questioning as he attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico early Thursday morning. A personal search was undertaken, where officers discovered more than 2.5 pounds of cocaine, worth nearly $29,000 stuffed into the front of his pants.
CBP officers seized the drugs, while the subject was arrested and 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.