TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations, officers arrested 2 U.S. citizens for separate alleged attempts to smuggle more than 70 pounds of methamphetamine through the Port of San Luis.
Officers referred a 20-year-old Somerton man for additional inspection of his Jeep SUV as he attempted to enter the U.S. early Thursday morning. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to a scent it was trained to detect coming from the vehicle’s roof, a search led to the discovery of packages that weighed more than 70 pounds, and have an estimated value of almost $211,000.
Just after midnight on Friday, CBP officers at the pedestrian lanes referred an 18-year-old San Luis, Arizona man for further questioning. When the subject was searched, officers discovered he had packages of meth duct taped around his thighs. The drugs weighed just under 2 pounds, worth almost $6,000.
Officers seized the drugs and the vehicle, while the subjects were arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
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