TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of San Luis arrested a male Mexican national and two Arizona women involved in separate drug-smuggling attempts Wednesday.
Officers arrested Raquel Valencia River, 35, of Mesa, Arizona, after finding more than 22 pounds of methamphetamine within her Chrysler sedan. The drugs, located with help from a CBP narcotics detection canine, are worth nearly $68,000.
A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted officers to a GMC truck belonging to Jesus Angel Sandoval-Munoz, 24, of San Luis, Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico. Officers arrested Sandoval after finding nearly 63 pounds of marijuana, worth approximately $31,000, in the vehicle’s tires.
Officers conducting a secondary inspection of a Nissan hatchback found two packages containing nearly three pounds of heroin, valued at more than $40,000, in the purse of 45-year-old Maribel Vega-Carrasco of Somerton, Arizona.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicles, and referred the subjects 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.