San Luis, Arizona - A local woman, a California man and Phoenix man were arrested in separate incidents at the Port of San Luis for attempting to smuggle nearly 79 pounds of methamphetamine into the U.S.
Customs and Border Protection officers arrested Carolina Garibay, 27, a U.S. citizen presently living in San Luis, Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico, after a narcotics detection canine alerted officers to packages of methamphetamine within the vehicles rocker panels and rear bumper. The drugs, with a total weight more than 35 pounds and worth an estimated $545,600, were seized.
A short time earlier, officers referred Jesse James Lopez, 20, of Phoenix, for an additional inspection of his Jeep SUV. After a narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs, officers located 10 packages of meth concealed within the vehicles quarter panels, with a total weight of nearly 12 pounds and an estimated value of more than $179,000.
CBP officers also referred Hector Salcido, 53, of San Pedro, Calif,, for an additional inspection of his Ford truck, this morning. After a narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs, officers located packages of meth concealed within the vehicles gas tank, with a total weight of more than 32 pounds and an estimated value of more than $497,800.