$429K worth of cocaine, meth seized in San Luis

Cocaine in spare tire

Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

CBP officers assigned to the Port of San Luis seize 26 pounds of cocaine from within the spare tire of smuggling vehicle.


by Jennifer Thomas


Posted on January 7, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 8 at 3:10 PM

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SAN LUIS, Ariz. -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of San Luis seized shipments of cocaine and methamphetamine worth more than $429,000 last weekend.

A 36-year-old Mexican man was referred for a secondary inspection of his Jeep SUV on Sunday. According to officials, a narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs inside the spare tire. Officers removed 10 packages filled with more than 26 pounds of cocaine worth more than $240,000.

On Saturday, a 21-year-old Phoenix man was referred for additional inspection of his Pontiac sedan. A drug dog led to the discovery of 10 packages of methamphetamine containing more than 12 pounds valued at more than $189,000.

The drugs and vehicles were seized. Both drivers were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.