U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported yesterday that Rafael Balvanedo Anaya-Arce, 37, of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, was referred to a secondary inspection as he attempted to enter the U.S. at the Mariposa Port in Nogales, Arizona on Saturday. Once in the secondary inspection area a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted officers to the presence of drugs, officers found 10 packages of cocaine, that weigh an estimated 24 pounds, throughout the vehicle. The drugs and vehicle were processed for seizure. Anaya was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
And in San Luis, Arizona Guillermo Eleazar Lopez-Rodriguez, a 50-year-old Mexican attempting to entry the U.S. was found also attempting to smuggle in drugs. During an inspection Customs and Border Protection officers and a detection canine discovered the drugs, valued at more than $580,000, in the frame of a Ford SUV driven by Lopez-Rodriguez. The drugs and vehicle were seized. Lopez was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.