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San Luis CBP Officers Seize $453K in Hard Drugs

Release Date: 
December 16, 2014

TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Port of San Luis seized more than 132 pounds of methamphetamine and heroin between Dec.11-14.

On Dec. 11, officers referred Janet Esmeralda Soria-Caravantes, 24, of San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico for further inspection of her Honda SUV. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs beneath the back seats, officers removed 14 packages of meth weighing more than 22 pounds and worth nearly $68,000.

Earlier that day, officers arrested Abraham Ruvalcaba-Zepeda, 21, of San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico after a service canine alerted officers to nearly 21 pounds of meth, worth almost $63,000, under the rear seats of a sedan he was driving.

Officers arrested Cesar Linarez-Pimental, a 43-year-old Mexican national on Dec. 12 after a canine alerted to the tailgate of his truck and officers found 30 packages of meth – more than 31 pounds – valued at just over $94,000.

On Dec 13, Miguel Anjel Lugo-Sanchez, a 56-year-old Mexican national living legally in Somerton, Arizona, was arrested after a canine alerted to more than $157,000 worth of meth and $71,000 worth of heroin throughout the vehicle.

Officers seized all drugs and vehicles involved, and turned the subjects over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021