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CBP officers arrest two U.S. citizens for attempting to smuggle over 70 pounds of methamphetamine

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Posted at 4:39 PM, Mar 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-22 21:35:34-04

TUCSON, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officers have arrested two U.S. citizens for attempting to smuggle hard drugs.

Thursday morning, officers stopped 20-year-old Somerton man at the Port of San Luis. Canine dogs were able to locate the drugs from the roof of the Jeep SUV. Officers seized drug packages weighing over 70 pounds, and estimated to be worth $211,000.

Friday evening, officers stopped 18-year-old San Luis, Arizona man in the pedestrian lanes. Officers searched the man and found packages of methamphetamine taped to his thighs. The packages weighed under 2 pounds, and estimated to be worth $6,000.

Officials seized the drugs and the vehicle.

Both individuals were taken into custody and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

Customs and Border Protection examine all individuals, all vehicles, and items entering the U.S. Individuals can be charged by complaint, allowed by Federal law.

CBP administers border-related duties, prohibit narcotics, enforce immigration and trade laws, and secure U.S. food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.