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CBP officers arrest five, seize more $500K in hard drugs

  • Heroin and methamphetamine discovered on Saturday by officers at the San Luis Port of Entry found by a drug dog.
    Customs and Border ProtectionHeroin and methamphetamine discovered on Saturday by officers at the San Luis Port of Entry found by a drug dog.
  • Packages of methamphetamine found in a custom compartment built into the muffler of a Dodge truck found by Customs and Border Protection officers during inspection at the Douglas Port of Entry on Saturday.
    Customs and Border ProtectionPackages of methamphetamine found in a custom compartment built into the muffler of a Dodge truck found by Customs and Border Protection officers during inspection at the Douglas Port of Entry on Saturday.

Customs and Border Protection officers seized more than $500,000 in heroin and methamphetamine and arrested five at two Arizona ports last week, officials said.

At the Port of San Luis, officers arrested four people and seized more than 132 pounds of narcotics in multiple smuggling attempts.

On Thursday, officers arrested Abraham Ruvalcaba-Zepeda, 21, a Mexican national from San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, after a drug dog led officers to nearly 21 pounds of methamphetamine worth almost $63,000, hidden under the rear seats of his sedan, according to a news release from the agency.

Later that day, a drug dog alerted to the presence of drugs in a Honda SUV driven by Janet Esmeralda Soria-Caravantes, 24, also of San Luis Rio Colorado, Son. Officers arrested her when they discovered 14 packages containing more than 22 pounds of methamphetamine worth nearly $68,000 in the vehicle, the release said.

On Friday, officers found 31 pounds of methamphetamine worth just over $94,000 in the tailgate of a truck driven by 43-year-old Mexican national Cesar Linarez-Pimental, officials said.

On Saturday, Miguel Anjel Lugo-Sanchez, a 56-year-old Mexican national from Somerton, Arizona, was arrested after a drug dog alerted to more than $157,000 worth of meth and $71,000 worth of heroin hidden throughout the vehicle, the release said.

At the Douglas Port of Entry, officers arrested a Douglas man Saturday after they found 20 packages of methamphetamine stashed in a hidden compartment built into the muffler of his Dodge truck.

Jesus Abril, 41, was arrested for attempting to smuggle nearly 37 pounds of methamphetamine, worth an estimated $111,000 into the United States, officials said.

Officers seized the vehicles and drugs, and referred all five to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

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