TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of San Luis arrested a 27-year-old Somerton, Ariz. man after finding nearly 44 pounds of cocaine and methamphetamine in his vehicle Thursday evening.
Officers referred the man for a secondary inspection of his Hyundai sedan when he attempted to cross into the United States. As a result, a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the vehicle where officers found more than 16 pounds of meth, worth $48,000, and nearly 28 pounds of cocaine worth close to $314,000.
Officers arrested the driver for narcotics smuggling before seizing the drugs and vehicle. The suspected violator was 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.