Border Patrol nabs more than $167K in hard drugs seized at port

A drug smuggler attempted to hide five pounds of meth withini the intake manifold

By SoAzNewsx

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of San Luis arrested four people after finding nearly 90 pounds of methamphetamine and heroin in separate seizures in the last several days.

Officers searching an Acura sedan Saturday morning, driven by 35-year-old U.S. citizen man, located several packages of heroin and meth in the vehicle’s rocker panels. Officers seized nearly 3 pounds of heroin, worth close to $48,000, and approximately 31 pounds of meth, worth more than $94,000, according to the Border Patrol.

That night, officers referred a GMC truck, occupied by a 45-year-old driver and his 43-year-passenger, both U.S. citizens, for a secondary inspection using a CBP narcotics-detection canine. During the search, officers located more than 3 pounds of meth, worth in excess of $9,200, strapped to the passenger’s legs.

Sunday, a 20-year-old Mexican man was referred for a secondary inspection of his Ford Mustang and more than 5 pounds of meth, worth almost $16,000, was discovered concealed within the vehicle’s intake manifold.

Yesterday, a 61-year-old Mexican man was also referred for a secondary inspection following an alert to the Ford van by a CBP narcotics-detection canine.  The CBP officers discovered nearly 50 pounds of methamphetamine, worth in excess of $140,000, in the gas tank.

Officers seized the drugs and vehicles and turned the subjects over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.





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