TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested two U.S. Citizens over the weekend in separate failed smuggling attempts at Arizona’s Port of San Luis.
Officers referred a 21-year-old male for an additional search of his Ford sedan as he attempted to re-enter the U.S. from Mexico on Friday evening. A CBP canine alert led officers to discover more than 54 pounds of cocaine, worth more than $614,000.
In the second incident, officers referred a 18-year-old male for further inspection of his Honda sedan when he attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico on Saturday afternoon. A CBP canine alerted to an odor it was trained to detect, prompting further search of the vehicle. Officers found almost 34 pounds of methamphetamine in a non-factory compartment directly above the gas tank with an estimated value of $102,000.
CBP officers seized the vehicles and drugs. The subjects were arrested and turned 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.