Hidden Meth and Heroin Leads to Border Crossing Arrests
SAN LUIS, Ariz. – Two men are arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in separate incidents Thursday for charges of attempting to smuggle methamphetamine and heroin into the United States.
21 year old, Juan Francisco Diaz-Juarez of San Luis, Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico was arrested after officers report finding nearly 18 pounds of methamphetamine and more than two pounds of heroin – with a combined value of $304,200 – inside his vehicle. Agents say the seizure took place after Diaz was referred for a secondary search of his Ford sedan and a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs inside his front bumper.
At about the same time, officers say they referred 38 year old Louis Acosta of San Luis, Ariz., for a secondary inspection of his Jeep SUV. A service canine alerted to a modified compartment in the rear-tire wells, resulting in the discovery of 20 methamphetamine packages valued at $225,000.
In each incident, the drugs were processed for seizure and the men were turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcements' Homeland Security Investigations.
Individuals arrested may be charged by complaint, the method by which a person is charged with criminal activity, which raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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