Customs nabs $8.6 million in cocaine, meth
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October 12, 2010 4:19 PM
BY STEPHANIE A. WILKEN - SUN STAFF WRITER

In the past several days, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the U.S. Port of Entry at San Luis, Ariz., seized drugs worth $8.6 million.

The CBP released details of the seizures in a news release Tuesday.

On Oct. 7, CBP officers encountered a 45-year-old man attempting to enter the U.S. while driving a Ford Taurus, according to the release. The man was referred to a secondary lot after an interviewer noted discrepancies to the vehicle.

According to the release, upon closer examination of the vehicle, the officers determined the front and rear bumpers contained more than 63 pounds of cocaine. The man was arrested and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Supervisor Teresa Small with the CBP said the street value of the drugs is so high because they are considered hard narcotics.

And that's probably the main reason people attempt to smuggle hard narcotics into the U.S., she said.

“If they're able to bring the harder narcotics into the state, they would reap a higher reward,