TUCSON – U.S. border officers arrested 5 people connected to three separate alleged attempts to smuggle more 657 pounds of methamphetamine, heroin, hash oil and fentanyl through Arizona Ports of Entry Monday.
Officers at the Port of Lukeville referred a 26-year-old male and 24-year-old female residents of Phoenix for additional inspection of her Fleetwood RV, as they attempted to enter the U.S. through the port on Monday morning. Following a positive alert by a CBP narcotics detection canine to a scent it is trained to detect, the subsequent search of the vehicle led to the discovery of nearly 70 packages of drugs hidden within the floor of the RV.
The drugs were determined to be nearly 465 pounds of methamphetamine, worth nearly $767,000, which represents the third largest meth seizure within Arizona ports. In addition, they seized more than 2 pounds of heroin, worth $21,000; nearly 51 pounds of hash oil, worth more than $923,000 and nearly three pounds of fentanyl, worth more than $30,000.
On the same day, officers at the Port of Sasabe referred a 38-year-old Mexican male and 41-year-old Mexican woman for an additional search of his Chevrolet truck as they attempted to enter the U.S. A search of the truck led to the discovery of more than 115 pounds of meth inside of the fuel tank. The drugs have an estimated value of more than $190,000.
Officers at the Port of San Luis selected a 27-year-old U.S. citizen, currently residing in San Luis, Sonora, Mexico, for an additional inspection of her Ford truck as she attempted to enter the U.S. through the port. A positive alert by a CBP canine led to the removal of more than 20 packages of drugs from beneath the seat belt housings. The packages contained nearly 21 pounds of meth, worth nearly $35,000.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicles, while the subjects were arrested and then turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.