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San Luis CBP Officers Seize $765,000 in Hard Drugs

Release Date: 
August 28, 2013

SAN LUIS, ARIZ.—A woman from Somerton, Ariz., was arrested Sunday by Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of San Luis for attempting to smuggle nearly 47 pounds of methamphetamine, valued at almost $723,000, and more than three pounds of heroin worth an estimated $42,000.

 

A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the vehicle's gas tank and officers subsequently discovered multiple packages of drugs worth close to $765,000.

A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the vehicle's gas tank and officers subsequently discovered multiple packages of drugs worth close to $765,000.

Officers were inspecting a Mitsubishi SUV, driven by 39-year-old Nancy Fidelina Meraz, when a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the vehicle's gas tank. After the tank was removed for further inspection, officers discovered multiple packages of the drugs worth close to $765,000.

The drugs and vehicle were seized. Meraz was 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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017