Elderly Drug Mule Busted by CBP in Arizona
TUCSON, ARIZONA — June 14, 2018
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reports a man was took in custody by CBP officers in connection to a failed drug smuggling attempt at Arizona’s Port of San Luis.
Officers referred a 65-year-old man for additional questioning as he attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico Sunday afternoon in his Chevy van. Following an alert by a CBP canine to a scent its’ trained to detect, officers discovered more than 46 pounds of meth, worth more than $138,000, and 2.5 pounds of heroin, worth more than $44,000 from within the vehicle’s roof.
The drugs, vehicle and the suspect were arrested by CBP. They would be turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.
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