U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers had another busy week, both north and south.
On Saturday, members of the Rainbow Bridge CBP Canine Team in Buffalo stopped two Canadian men after seeing them act suspiciously on the bridge. They were, say officers, attempting to smuggle marijuana, cocaine and a compound used to cut cocaine for distribution.
Yesterday, Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents say they seized more than $272,000 worth of methamphetamine in two separate stops made over the weekend. The first took place on Friday and netted more than 40 pounds of the stuff hidden in the roof of an American woman’s car. The second arrest occurred in the wee hours of Sunday morning when officers found more than 50 pounds of meth in the vehicle’s spare tire.
Both searches were prompted by canine officers.
Earlier in the week two Arkansans were stopped, also in Yuma, and found to be in possession of around $11,000 worth of hashish and marijuana. Later that same day a California man’s marijuana valued at more than $5,000 was discovered.
Variety is the spice of life, some say, and variety is just what officials at Arizona’s Port of Nogales found when they arrested a U.S. man and a Mexican man in possession of 7 pounds of cocaine, 74 pounds of meth, more than 2 pounds of fentanyl and 24 pounds of heroine. In all, the smuggled drugs were worth about $760,000. That’s just a bit more than the worth of the estimated 64 pounds of cocaine officers found in another vehicle on Wednesday.
Photo Courtesy U.S. Customs and Border Protection – Josh Denmark