TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a Mexican national, in connection to a failed smuggling attempt amounting to more than 54 pounds of cocaine at Arizona’s Port of San Luis Wednesday.
Officers referred a 43-year-old Mexican man for additional inspection as he attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico yesterday morning in his Ford SUV. After an alert to the presence of what it is trained to detect by a CBP canine, officers discovered cocaine within the vehicle’s dashboard area, worth more than $613,000.
CBP officers seized the drugs and vehicle, and the subject was arrested and turned over 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.