U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the San Luis Port of Entry in Arizona have been extremely busy over the last several days. A combined seizure of heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine with a record high value of $12.5 million had not been encountered until last week.
Last Thursday two women with U.S. citizenship were reentering the U.S. in a pick up truck via the San Luis, Arizona entry. A narcotic detector dog alerted CBP to the rear area of the truck. Upon closer examination, the officers discovered 54 packages of various drugs ranging from heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine in the walls of the truck bed. The approximate weights of the drugs seized were more than 34 pounds of heroin, more than 20 pounds of methamphetamine, and more than 60 pounds of cocaine. The combined estimated street value of the various drugs is $5,813,000.
Another seizure of hard narcotics occurred on Tuesday, September 14, when a 34-year-old man attempted admission into the U.S. with more than 83 pounds of cocaine. The CBP officers discovered the packages of cocaine concealed in the gas tank of the vehicle he was driving after a narcotic dog alerted them to the area. The estimated street value of the cocaine is $3,795,000.
On the same day, a second man, also 34-years-old attempted to smuggle more than two pounds of cocaine into the country as a pedestrian. The CBP officers noticed a bulge on the man’s body as he attempted to walk through the inspection process. During the search, the officers found one package of cocaine hidden around his waistline. The estimated street value of the cocaine is $110,000.
CBP officers also found marijuana in three separate cases with a combined street value of $2,820,000. All individuals were turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the drugs were seized.