SAN LUIS, ARIZ.—Four people were arrested this week by Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of San Luis for attempting to smuggle more than 20 pounds of methamphetamine, valued at almost $314,000, and more than 34 pounds of cocaine worth more than $310,000.
Wednesday afternoon, CBP officers referred a 51-year-old Mexican national for an additional inspection of his Ford SUV when he attempted to enter the United States. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the undercarriage of the vehicle, officers located and removed 13 packages of methamphetamine from within the vehicles' transfer case. The drugs weighed nearly 14 pounds and have an estimated value of more than $216,500.
Early Thursday morning, officers referred a 49-year-old local resident for further inspection of his Chevrolet truck as he attempted to enter the U.S. After a drug detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs near the vehicle battery, officers removed it and found it contained a single package of methamphetamine. The drugs weighed more than six pounds and had a value of more than $97,000.
Later that morning, officers referred a 24-year-old Mexican man and his 45-year-old father, also a Mexican national, for further questioning pertaining to the Jeep SUV they were attempting to cross into the United States. After a drug detection canine alerted to the front fenders, officers removed 13 packages of cocaine. The drugs weighed more than 34 pounds and have an estimated value of more than $310,000.
The drugs and vehicle were seized. All four subjects were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.
Individuals arrested may be charged by complaint, the method by which a person is charged with criminal activity, which raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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.