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.