Border officers seize $100K in meth, save baby
In the past week, Customs and Border Protection officers seized just over $100,000 of meth in three separate incidents, and saved a newborn baby, authorities said.
Agents found three and a half pounds of liquid methamphetamine during a routine vehicle inspection at the Nogales port of entry on Thursday, a news release said.
A container holding a gallon of liquid meth, worth more than $10,000, was seized and the 25-year-old driver, a Mexican national, was taken into custody and referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
In San Luis, officers arrested two border-area residents Thursday in separate incidents for trying to smuggle more than 30 pounds of meth across the border, authorities said.
A 19-year old U.S. citizen, currently living in Sonora, Mexico, was arrested after drug dogs sniffed out nearly 18 pounds of crystal meth in the dashboard of his Lincoln sedan. The drugs are worth more than $53,000, the release said.
Later that day, a 22-year-old San Luis, Arizona, man was arrested after drug dogs sniffed out nearly 13 pounds of meth in the center console of his vehicle. The drugs are worth nearly $38,000, the release said.
Officers seized the vehicles and drugs, and both men were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
Then on Sunday evening, San Luis officers resuscitated a newborn baby after Mexican authorities directed them a vehicle trying to enter the U.S. A 33-year-old Yuma woman in the vehicle told officers her baby was not breathing and was choking on her tongue.
One of the officers performed CPR while another officer held the baby's head back to open the airway. The baby slowly began breathing again, and then started to cry. Mother and child were taken by ambulance to a local hospital for further treatment.