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San Luis CBP Officers Seize more than $200K in Drugs

Release Date: 
June 26, 2017

TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of San Luis arrested two U.S. citizens and a Mexican national during separate drug seizures recently.

Officers removed nearly 35 pounds of meth from the vehicle's rear cargo area
Officers discovered nearly 35 pounds
of meth within the rear cargo area of
a smuggling vehicle

On Friday morning, officers at the pedestrian crossing referred a 24-year-old man from Visalia, California for further questioning. After a CBP canine alerted, officers searched the man and found more than 2 pounds of methamphetamine taped to his legs and groin area. Officers estimate the drugs to be worth approximately $6,200.

Saturday, officers referred a 48-year-old Mexican man for an additional search of his GMC van when he attempted to enter the United States. A CBP canine’s alert to the vehicle’s rear cargo area led to the discovery of almost 35 pounds of meth, worth close to $104,000.

Officers removed more than 30 pounds of meth from behind the back seats of a smuggling vehicle
Officers removed more than 30 pounds
of meth from behind the back seats of
a smuggling vehicle

Officers on Sunday referred a 38-year-old Phoenix woman for further inspection of her Ford sedan. After a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the vehicle’s back seats, officers removed more than 30 pounds of meth worth in excess of $91,000.

Officers arrested all three subjects and turned them over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. The drugs and vehicles were seized.

Last modified: 
June 27, 2017