TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of San Luis arrested four individuals for alleged separate attempts to smuggle heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine during the holiday weekend.
Officers referred Adrian Ochoa, 30, of El Golfo Santa Clara, Baja California, Mexico, for further inspection of his Mercedes sedan on Jan. 15. After a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs within the vehicle’s intake manifold, officers found more than seven pounds of cocaine, worth nearly $75,000, and nearly six pounds of heroin valued at almost $82,000.
On Jan. 16, officers referred Wendy Marisol Flores-Cortes, 20, of San Luis, Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico, for additional inspection of her Volkswagen sedan. A narcotics-canine’s alert helped officers locate almost 34 pounds of meth worth nearly $101,000.
Officers referred Karely Garcia-Alvarez, 26, of Phoenix, for a secondary inspection of her Mini-Cooper on Jan. 17 and found nearly 52 pounds of meth, worth more than $155,000.
Earlier that morning, officers referred Erik Beltran, 34, of San Luis, Arizona, for a closer inspection of his Nissan sedan and located nearly 47 pounds of cocaine, worth close to $489,000.
Officers seized all drugs and vehicles, and turned the suspects 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.