SAN LUIS, ARIZ.—A 47-year-old Mexican man was arrested Thursday for attempting to smuggle more than 22 pounds of methamphetamine into the United States.
Customs and Border Protection officers referred Rodolfo Huerta-Ramos, of San Luis, Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico, for an inspection of his Chevrolet sedan when he attempted to enter the United States. After a narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs inside of the vehicle, a routine x-ray inspection confirmed the cargo. Officers located 22 packages of crystal meth inside false compartments in the rear quarter panels.
The drugs, valued at $344,000, and vehicle were seized. Huerta was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.
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