U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Lukeville arrested a Mexican national and a Tucson, Arizona resident connected to separate significant seizures of cocaine, methamphetamine and fentanyl totaling nearly 723 pounds.
On November 7, 2019 officers referred a 58-year-old Mexican male for a secondary inspection of his Ford truck as he applied to enter the United States from Mexico in Lukeville, AZ.
A canine alerted to an odor it is trained to detect, leading officers to the discovery of nearly 30 packages of cocaine within a water tank in the bed of the truck, which weighed almost 646 pounds. The drugs are worth an estimated value of nearly $8.8 million.
On November 11, 2019 in the evening, a 31-year-old Tucson, Arizona woman was referred for an additional search of her GMC truck as she attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico. A canine alert led to the discovery of more than 70 packages of drugs from inside of the fuel tank.
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The meth weighed nearly 74 pounds and is valued at more than $66,000, there was also three pounds of fentanyl, worth more than $34,000.
Officers arrested both suspects and turned them over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, while the drugs and the vehicles were seized.