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Border Patrol: 5 arrested in attempts to smuggle 150 pounds of meth, fentanyl

May 1, 2019

TUCSON -- Five people have been arrested in attempts to smuggle nearly 150 pounds of methamphetamine and fentanyl over the U.S. border just south of Yuma, according to a press release from the Border Patrol.

Officers arrested three U.S. citizens and two Mexican nationals in three separate smuggling attempts through the Port of San Luis since last Friday, the release said.

On Friday morning, a 37-year-old Memphis woman was searched after a Border Patrol canine alerted to a scent, leading to the discovery of a package wrapped around her torso. The 1 pound package of drugs had an estimated value of nearly $2,900, the release said.

The next day, a 48-year-old Mexican woman was stopped in her Toyota minivan when she attempted to enter through the port. Officers removed more than 60 packages of meth, weighing a combined 90 pounds, from the van. the meth had an estimated value of nearly $270,000. Officers also seized three pounds of fentanyl worth $41,000, the release said.

On Saturday evening, a man was stopped at the port’s pedestrian crossing when the canine alerted to his legs. Agents found the 25-year-old U.S. citizen had two packages tightly wrapped around his thighs containing two pounds of meth worth nearly $6,300.

A short time later, a 34-year-old Yuma woman was referred for further inspection of her Dodge van as she attempted to enter the U.S. A canine alerted officers to the quarter panels, where they removed 35 packages of drugs. The packages were determined to be almost 49 pounds of meth, worth almost $147,000.

Sunday morning, a 51-year-old Mexican man was attempting to cross in the U.S. when officers decided to question him further. A subsequent search of the man, led to the discovery of a single package that was tucked around his waist. The package weighed more than 4 pounds of meth, worth more than $12,000.

Officers seized the drugs and vehicles, while the subjects were arrested and then turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.