Smuggling attempts stopped thanks to CBP canine noses

Smuggling attempts stopped thanks to CBP canine noses
Officers discovered a package of methamphetamine when they searched a pedestrian crosser this past Sunday (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
Gas tank where CBP officers discovered 61 pounds of cocaine hidden. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
Gas tank where CBP officers discovered 61 pounds of cocaine hidden. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

NOGALES, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Nothing seems to get past a U.S. Customs and Border Protection canine's nose, as was the case in a couple failed smuggling attempts at two Arizona Ports of Entry this past week.

The first occurred on Sunday, March 18 at the Port of San Luis, south of Yuma, Arizona.  According to a CBP news release officers working the pedestrian crossing, pulled a 37-year-old Ontario, CA man for secondary inspection after a CBP canine alerted to an odor it was trained to detect.

Officers searched the man and discovered one and a half pounds of methamphetamine stuffed into the front of his pants.

The drugs, worth an estimated $4,600 were seized and the man was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

A second failed attempt occurred on Wednesday, March 21 at the Port of Nogales Dennis DeConcini Crossing.

CBP officers at the crossing stopped a 39-year-old Tucson woman for a secondary inspection of her Ford SUV, after a CBP canine alerted officers to the vehicle.

Officers searched the SUV and discovered several packages of cocaine, weighing nearly 61 pounds, hidden in the gas tank.

The drugs, worth an estimated $691,000 were seized and the woman was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

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