Officers removed meth from the spare. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
TUCSON – U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations, officers arrested a Mexican national and a U.S. man for separate alleged attempts to smuggle fentanyl and methamphetamine through the Port of San Luis over the weekend.
Officers at the pedestrian crossing referred an 18-year-old U.S. man for additional inspection as he attempted to enter the U.S. Friday afternoon. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to a scent it was trained to detect coming from the man’s groin area, a search led to the discovery of a single package of fentanyl that weighed more than one-half pound, and worth an estimated value of $7,800.
Saturday evening, officers referred a 23-year-old Mexican national for a secondary inspection of his Chevy SUV. When officers searched the vehicle, they removed more than 60 packages of methamphetamine from the spare tire and speaker box, which weighed nearly 111 pounds and worth almost $332,000.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicle, while both subjects were arrested and then turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.