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San Luis CBP Officers Seize More Meth than Marijuana

Release Date: 
May 16, 2016

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.

Officers discovered packages of marijuana behind the rear seat of a smuggling vehicle as well as within the spare tire

Officers discovered packages of marijuana behind the rear seat of a smuggling vehicle as well as within the spare tire

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017