San Luis, Ariz. – Two local residents and a Mexican national who lives in California are in custody in connection with separate failed attempts to smuggle $641,000 in meth and heroin into the United States through the Port of San Luis this weekend.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred a 22-year-old Wellton, Ariz. woman for inspection of the Nissan truck when she attempted to enter the U.S. on Friday. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs inside the vehicle’s battery area, officers removed nearly 14 pounds of heroin valued at more than $184,000.
A short time earlier on Friday, officers referred a 17-year-old teen from San Luis, Ariz., for additional inspection when he attempted to cross the U.S. border through the pedestrian lanes. When officers performed a routine search of the subject, they removed nearly three pounds of heroin valued at nearly $36,000 taped around the teen’s thighs.
On Saturday, officers referred a Mexican woman who currently lives in Winterhaven, Calif., for inspection of her Oldsmobile sedan when she attempted to enter the U.S. After a narcotics detection canine alerted to the back seats, officers removed 26 packages of methamphetamine weighing more than 27 pounds with an estimated value of more than $421,000.
The drugs and vehicles were seized. The three subjects were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
Individuals arrested may be charged by complaint, the method by which a person is charged with criminal activity, which raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
The Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within CBP 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.