Apr 3, 2014 1:54 PM by Faye DeHoff

Two Arizona women arrested for smuggling meth at border

SAN LUIS - Two Arizona women were caught with more than a half-pound of methamphetamine during an alleged smuggling attempt yesterday at the San Luis Port of Entry.

The women were passengers in a Honda sedan pulled over for additional inspection. After a Customs and Border Protection narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs, officers searched the vehicle and its occupants. The women, ages 32 and 33, both of Bullhead City, were each carrying meth within tubular objects concealed in their pelvic areas. The drugs, with a total weight of nearly 9.7 ounces, have an estimated value of just over $15,000.

The drugs and vehicle were seized. The women were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations. The driver, a 41-year-old man, was released.

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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