Photo: Coke Hidden in Truck
A Mexican man was arrested Monday at the Port of San Luis for attempting to smuggle 45.6 pounds of cocaine into the U.S.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred Fernando Rivera Aispuro, 36, from San Luis, Mexico, for a secondary inspection of his 1994 Ford utility truck. After a CBP narcotics detection dog alerted to the presence of drugs in the back of the vehicle, officers located 19 packages of cocaine hidden in tool compartments.
In another incident, officers arrested Laura Ramirez Ivanez, a U.S. citizen, for attempting to smuggle two pounds of methamphetamine into the U.S. through a pedestrian lane. During a secondary inspection, officers found the drugs taped to her midsection.
Aispuro and Ivanez were turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. The drugs and vehicle were processed for seizure.