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San Luis CBP Officers Stop Cocaine Smuggler

Release Date: 
May 17, 2013

SAN LUIS, ARIZ.—A Somerton, Ariz. man was arrested yesterday for attempting to smuggle 34 pounds of cocaine into the United States.

 

Officers found 17 packages containing cocaine worth $310,000 in his gas tank.

CBP officers arrested a Somerton, Ariz. man for attempting to smuggle 34 pounds of cocaine into the United States.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers arrested Guillermo Nuñez Villa, 29, after a narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs inside of the gas tank of his Toyota sedan. Officers found 17 packages containing cocaine worth $310,000.

The drugs and vehicle were seized. Nuñez was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017