TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a Mexican national in a failed attempt to smuggle nearly 75 pounds of drugs into the U.S. through Arizona’s Port of San Luis Tuesday.
Officers referred a 21-year-old man for additional questioning as he attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico in a Mercury SUV. When officers searched the vehicle, they discovered 9 pounds of heroin, 65 pounds of methamphetamine, and almost 70 suspected fentanyl pills concealed in the vehicle’s quarter panels. The heroin has a street value of nearly $150,000 and the methamphetamine has an approximate value of $195,000.
CBP officers seized the drugs and vehicle. 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.