[IMGL=white]https://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=1242&pictureid=9935"][/IMGL]In the past several days, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the U.S. Port of Entry at San Luis, Ariz., seized drugs worth $8.6 million.
The CBP released details of the seizures in a news release Tuesday.
On Oct. 7, CBP officers encountered a 45-year-old man attempting to enter the U.S. while driving a Ford Taurus, according to the release.
The man was referred to a secondary lot after an interviewer noted discrepancies to the vehicle.
According to the release, upon closer examination of the vehicle, the officers determined the front and rear bumpers contained more than 63 pounds of cocaine.
The man was arrested and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Supervisor Teresa Small with the CBP said the street value of the drugs is so high because they are considered hard narcotics.
And that's probably the main reason people attempt to smuggle hard narcotics into the U.S., she said.
If they're able to bring the harder narcotics into the state, they would reap a higher reward, she said.
On Oct. 8, officers seized 73 pounds of cocaine from a gas tank of a Nissan Xterra SUV.
Officers found the drugs with the assistance of a narcotic detector dog after discovering discrepancies.
The driver, a 19-year-old woman, and her passenger were turned over to ICE.
On Oct. 10, officers seized 34 pounds of methamphetamine after a 21-year-old women attempted to smuggle the drugs into the U.S. in a Ford F-150, according to the release.
During the primary interview, the woman exhibited signs of nervousness and was referred to the inspection lot, according to the release.
In the lot, CBP officers, with the assistance of a narcotic detector dog, discovered 16 packages concealed in the rear seat of the truck.
Officers arrested the woman and turned her over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
In addition to the drugs, officers intercepted a man who attempted to use a U.S. passport that did not belong to him.
According to the release, the man claimed to be the person pictured on the document, but CBP officers noted that he did not resemble the rightful owner.
The man was charged as an impostor, taken into custody and held for immigration processing.
BY STEPHANIE A. WILKEN
October 12, 2010
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