TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of San Luis arrested three men recently for separate smuggling attempts involving a combined 84 pounds of methamphetamine and more than 50 pounds of marijuana.
CBP officers working at the port May 13 referred a 63-year-old Mexican national for a further inspection of his Jeep SUV. After a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs, officers found almost 51 pounds of marijuana, valued in excess of 25,000, in the vehicle’s spare tire and seat.
On May 15, a CBP canine team alerted to a Chevrolet truck driven by a 24-year-old man from San Jacinto, California. Officers then removed nearly 50 pounds of meth, worth almost $150,000, from the spare tire. Later, the same canine team alerted to the Honda sedan of a 24-year-old Phoenix man with more than 34 pounds of meth, valued in excess of $102,000, within the car’s rear rocker panels.
Officers seized all drugs and vehicles, while the subjects were arrested and then referred 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.