SAN LUIS, AZ (KOLD News 13) - Over the weekend, in five separate incidents, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested 5 people after they attempted to smuggle drugs across the border into the U.S. at both the vehicle and pedestrian crossings in the Port of San Luis, near Yuma, AZ.
The first drug seizure occurred in the morning on Friday, April 26 when officers pulled a woman from Memphis for secondary inspection at the pedestrian crossing, after a CBP canine alerted to a scent it was trained to detect. Officers found a single packet of drugs, suspected methamphetamine weighing one pound and worth an estimated $2,900.
Three incidents took place on Saturday, April 27 with the first happening in the the afternoon, when a woman from Mexico had her Toyota minivan pulled for secondary inspection after a CBP canine alerted to it. A search by officers turned up 60 packages of methamphetamine, weighing nearly 90 pounds, worth an estimated $270,000; as well as three pounds of fentanyl, worth an estimated $41,000.
According to CBP on Saturday evening, officers pulled a 25-year-old male, a U.S. citizen, at the pedestrian crossing when a CBP canine alerted to his legs. Officers found two packages of methamphetamine, weighing two pounds and worth $6,300 wrapped around the man’s thighs.
Later that evening, a 34-year-old woman from Yuma had her Dodge van pulled for secondary inspection when the canine alerted to it. A search by officers turned up 35 packages of drugs, determined to be 49 pounds of methamphetamine, worth an estimated $147,000.
The last drug seizure happened on Sunday, April 28, when a 51-year-old man from Mexico was stopped at the pedestrian crossing. Officers searched the man and discovered a single package of methamphetamine, which weighed more than four pounds and was worth an estimated $12,000.
All vehicles and drugs were seized by CBP officers, while the five suspects were arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.