TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of San Luis arrested a Mexican national and a U.S. citizen after seizing more than $136,000 worth of methamphetamine during separate weekend incidents.
Officers on Friday referred a 38-year-old man from Calexico, California, for a secondary search of his Ford SUV when he attempted to cross into the United States. As a result, a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the truck’s spare tire where officers found nearly 45 pounds of meth worth almost $135,000.
Officers on Saturday referred a 43-year old Mexican man, living in Somerton, Arizona as a legal permanent resident, for further questioning when he attempted to enter through the Port’s pedestrian lane. After a CBP canine alerted to an odor it was trained to detect, officers searched the man and found more than one pound of meth wrapped around his waist.
In both incidents, officers arrested the individuals for narcotics smuggling before seizing the drugs and vehicle. Both suspected violators were 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.