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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized an estimated $3.8 million in methamphetamine, heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine during a series of vehicle inspections at the various ports of entry in California and Arizona within the last week.
The first reported seizure occurred over the weekend of May 3, when CBP officers assigned to the Port of San Luis, Arizona, contacted a 23-year-old male from Yuma driving a Honda sedan as he attempted to enter the U.S. on Friday morning. A subsequent search revealed 80 packages of methamphetamine with a total weight of 86 pounds worth more than $259,000.
Saturday - Morning - CBP - Officers - Mesa
On Saturday morning, CBP officers referred a 20-year-old Mesa woman to a secondary inspection of her Honda sedan. A CBP K-9 alerted to 2 pounds of fentanyl worth $21,000 and 23 pounds of methamphetamine valued at more than $70,000.
Several hours later, CBP officers referred a 30-year-old Mexican driving a Honda van for a secondary inspection, leading to concealed packages containing 55 pounds of methamphetamine valued at $164,000; 26 pounds of cocaine worth $620,000; and more than 2.5 pounds of heroin valued at $68,000.
Series - Seizures - California - CBP - Officers
The next series of reported seizures occurred in California by CBP officers working the Calexico Port of Entry.
The first incident occurred on May 3, when CBP officers contacted a 21-year-old U.S. male driving a 1988 Ford Ranger. An inspection of a camper revealed 56 pounds of methamphetamine inside a hidden compartment. The value of the meth was estimated at $90,000.
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