Officers removed meth and fentanyl from inside of a smuggling vehicle (Photo courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
TUCSON – U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations, officers at Arizona’s Port of Lukeville arrested 3 Los Angeles residents Monday after seizing a combination of methamphetamine and fentanyl.
Officers referred a 19-year-old man and his male and female 18-year-old passengers for a secondary inspection of his Ford Mustang as they applied to enter the United States from Mexico Monday morning. A CBP canine alerted to an odor it is trained to detect, leading officers to the discovery of drugs in the vehicle’s rear quarter panels. The drugs were identified as nearly more than 62 pounds of methamphetamine, worth nearly $187,000, as well as .36 pound of fentanyl, worth almost $4,800.
Officers arrested all three subjects and turned them over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, while the drugs and the vehicle were seized.