CBP seize nearly $1 million in narcotics - Tucson News Now

CBP seize nearly $1 million in narcotics

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A Mexican man and a Tucson woman were arrested this weekend in two separate but related attempts to smuggle nearly $1 million in meth and heroin in the United States.

Lucio Leonardo Valle-Bustamante, 37, of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico was arrested for attempting to transport more than 61 pounds of methamphetamine through the Mariposa Port. A U.S. Customs and Border Protection drug-detection canine alerted officers to more than 61 pounds of methamphetamine, and a further investigation of his Mercury sedan led officers to discover 48 packages of the drug, worth an estimated $951,000.

Loribeth M. Torres, 34, was arrested Saturday night after attempting to cross the U.S. border through pedestrian lanes at the Dennis DeConcini Port. A service canine alerted officials to nearly $17,000 worth of heroin in Torres' clothing.

Valle and Torres were referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations. The vehicle and drugs were seized.

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