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San Luis Man Busted with Nearly $324k in Meth

Release Date: 
July 26, 2013

SAN LUIS, ARIZ.—A local man is in custody after a failed attempt to smuggle nearly 21 pounds of meth into the United States through the port of San Luis on Wednesday.

Customs and Border Protection officers referred Virginio Quezada, 34, a U.S. citizen presently living in San Luis, Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico, for inspection of his Chevrolet van when he attempted to enter the U.S. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs behind the vehicle's dashboard, officers removed 20 packages of meth valued at $323,950. Quezada also had more than two ounces of cocaine in his possession.

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

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017