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San Luis CBP Officers Seize Dangerous Drugs

TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of San Luis arrested two U.S. citizens and a Mexican National during separate weekend attempts to smuggle dangerous drugs valued at nearly $230,000, into the United States.


The first incident occurred Saturday, August 25, when officers referred a 29-year-old Yuma woman for further inspection as she attempted to enter the U.S. via a pedestrian lane. A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to an odor it is trained to detect emanating from the woman.


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Officers took the woman to a local medical facility where medical staff removed a package containing nearly 58 grams of fentanyl pills concealed inside her body cavity.


The second seizure occurred a couple of hours later when officers referred the 55-year-old male driver of a Ford sedan for a secondary inspection. During the inspection, a canine team located a cache of heroin, meth and fentanyl with a combined weight exceeding 40 pounds.

Agents pull 40 lbs. of narcotics from vehicle.

Agents pull 40 lbs. of narcotics
from vehicle. Photo/ CBP

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On Sunday, officers discovered another Yuma woman, age 31, attempting to smuggle drugs through the pedestrian lane. She was referred for a secondary inspection, during which officers discovered more than half a pound of meth in her personal belongings.


Officers seized the drugs and vehicle.  All three individuals arrested were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.


Federal law allows officers to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows for filing of charges for criminal activity without inferring guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.


CBP’s Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Homeland Security tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation’s ports. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes carrying out border-related duties, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation’s food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.

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