U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of San Luis arrested a 47-year-old Yuma woman and her 17-year-old son Wednesday after finding more than 5 pounds of methamphetamine taped to their bodies.
A CBP narcotics-detection canine in use at the pedestrian crossing alerted, prompting officers to search the duo.
Officers found packages taped around the woman’s waist and inner thighs, and taped to the son’s inner thighs.
Officers seized the drugs and turned both subjects over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
With more than 60,000 employees, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, CBP, is one of the world’s largest law enforcement organizations and is charged with keeping terrorists and their weapons out of the U.S. while facilitating lawful international travel and trade.
As the United States’ first unified border entity, CBP takes a comprehensive approach to border management and control, combining customs, immigration, border security, and agricultural protection into one coordinated and supportive activity.
The men and women of CBP are responsible for enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws and regulations.
On a typical day, CBP welcomes nearly one million visitors, screens more than 67,000 cargo containers, arrests more than 1,100 individuals, and seizes nearly 6 tons of illicit drugs.
Annually, CBP facilitates an average of more than $3 trillion in legitimate trade while enforcing U.S. trade laws.