TUCSON – Two Mexican nationals attempting to smuggle methamphetamine were arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers over the weekend.
The two were arrested in separate attempts to smuggle nearly 35 pounds of methamphetamine through the Port of San Luis.
Officers referred the driver of a Hyundai SUV for additional inspection Saturday morning as he attempted to enter the United States from Mexico, said a CBP statement.
Following a K-9 alert, officers discovered 15 packages of methamphetamine in a spare tire. The drugs weighed almost 19 pounds, with an estimated street value of more than $56,000.
The driver was identified as a 25-year-old male from San Luis, Rio Colorado, Mexico.
The following day, officers referred a 24-year-old male from Nogales, Mexico, for a further inspection of his Chevrolet sedan. Once again, a K-9 trained in narcotics detection alerted on a scent from the vehicle’s spare tire. Officers removed about 25 packages of meth, weighing more than 14 pounds and worth almost $43,000.
The drivers were arrested and remanded to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.