U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a Yuma resident on Saturday for attempting to smuggle more than 61 pounds of fentanyl through the Port of San Luis.
“Fentanyl is a tremendously dangerous drug,” said San Luis Area Port Director John A. Schwamm. “I applaud the efforts of our CBP Officers for preventing such a significant amount of this narcotic from entering our communities.”
According to information provided in a CBP news release, officers referred a 25-year-old Mexican national for additional questioning as he attempted to enter the U.S. in a Dodge SUV.
During that additional questioning, a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to an odor, leading officers to 20 packages of fentanyl in the vehicle’s front fenders. The drugs had a street value of nearly $700,000.
Officers arrested the man and turned him over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
The drugs and vehicle were seized.