TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested two Southern California residents connected to separate failed smuggling attempts this past Friday resulting in the seizure of more than $439,000 worth of methamphetamine at Arizona’s Port of San Luis.
Officers referred a 37-year-old Legal Permanent Resident Alien from La Fuente, California, for additional questioning as she attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico Friday afternoon in a Honda van. After an alert by a CBP canine to a scent it is trained to detect, officers removed approximately 57 pounds of meth, worth more than $172,000 from inside the vehicle’s roof and quarter panels.
Later that evening, officers referred a 36-year-old U.S. Citizen, also from La Fuente, California, further inspection of his GMC SUV as he attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico. Following a CBP canine alert, officers removed more than 100 packages of meth from the quarter panels. The drugs weighed more than 89 pounds and are worth just more than $268,000.
CBP officers seized the drugs and vehicles. Both 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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.