TUCSON, AZ (STL.News) – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a San Luis, Sonora, Mexico, man and Phoenix woman Wednesday for separate alleged attempts to smuggle 58 pounds of methamphetamine and heroin through the Port of San Luis.
Officers referred a 39-year-old Mexican national for additional inspection of his Chevy sedan as he attempted to enter the U.S. early Wednesday morning. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to a scent it was trained to detect coming from within the front bumper, a search led to the discovery of multiple packages of narcotics. The drugs were identified as nearly 55 pounds of meth, worth an estimated value of nearly $164,000 as well as almost three pounds of heroin, worth more than $74,000.
Later that morning, officers at the pedestrian lanes referred a 27-year-old Phoenix woman for further inspection as she attempted to enter the U.S. After a CBP canine alerted to the presence of drugs, officers searched and located a single package of meth within her undergarments. The package was determined to be just over a pound of meth, worth more than $3,000.
Officers seized the drugs and the vehicle, while both subjects were arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.