CBP officers seize $624,000 in hard drugs

CBP officers seize $624,000 in hard drugs

By Czarina Nafarrate. CREATED Sep 16, 2013

SAN LUIS, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - Four people were arrested last week by Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of San Luis for attempting to smuggle more than 50 pounds of hard drugs.

In total 20 pounds of methamphetamine, valued at almost $314,000., and more than 34 pounds of cocaine, worth more than $310,000, were seized by CBP along with the vehicles. Suspects were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations. 

CBP Officers referred a 51-year-old Mexican national attempting to enter the United States for an additional inspection of his Ford SUV on Wednesday, Sept. 11. A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the undercarriage of the vehicle where officers located and removed 13 packages of methamphetamine. The drugs weighed nearly 14 pounds and have an estimated value of more than $216,500.

Officers referred a 49-year-old local resident for further inspection of his Chevrolet truck on Thursday Sept. 12. After a drug detection canine alerted the offices to the vehicle battery, officers removed it and found it contained a single package of methamphetamine. The package weighed more than six pounds and had a value of more than $97,000.

Later that morning, officers referred a 24-year-old man and his 45-year-old father, both of Mexican nationality, for further questioning regarding the Jeep SUV they were attempting to cross into the United States. Officers removed 13 packages of cocaine from the front fenders. The drugs weighed more than 34 pounds and have an estimated value of more than $310,000.

An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. In this case, the suspects arrested may be charged by complaint, a method by which a person is charged with criminal activity, but raises no inference of guilt.