TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of San Luis arrested a 36-year-old Mexican national for allegedly attempting to smuggle more than 22 pounds of methamphetamine into the United States.
Officers referred Ruth Escobedo-Armenta, of Mexicali, Sonora, Mexico, for a secondary inspection of her Nissan SUV when she attempted to enter the U.S. on June 7. After a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs, officers found 22 packages of meth worth almost $67,000.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicle, and referred Escobedo 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.