TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of San Luis arrested a 25-year-old Phoenix man for allegedly attempting to smuggle more than 35 pounds of methamphetamine into the United States.
Officers referred Israel Martinez for a secondary inspection of his Honda sedan when he attempted to enter the U.S. on June 1. After a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs, officers found 36 packages of meth with a combined value exceeding $106,000.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicle, and referred Martinez 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.