TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested two Southern California residents connected to separate failed smuggling attempts this past Friday, resulting in the seizure of more than $439,000 worth of methamphetamine at Arizona’s Port of San Luis.
Officers referred a 37-year-old Legal Permanent Resident Alien from La Fuente, California, for additional questioning as she attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico Friday afternoon in a Honda van. With the help of a CBP canine, officers removed approximately 57 pounds of meth, worth more than $172,000 from inside the vehicle’s roof and quarter panels.
Later that evening, officers referred a 36-year-old U.S. Citizen, also from La Fuente, California after an inspection of his GMC SUV as he attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico. Following a CBP canine alert, officers removed more than 100 packages of meth from the quarter panels. The drugs weighed more than 89 pounds and are worth more than $268,000.
CBP officers seized the drugs and vehicles. Both subjects were arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.