Officers record largest meth bust in Arizona port history

Feb 9, 2016, 8:47 AM | Updated: 8:52 am

PHOENIX — Customs and Border Protection officers seized a record 387 pounds of methamphetamine worth $1.1 million in a tractor-trailer full of bell peppers at the Port of Nogales.

Juan Rodolfo Lugo-Urias, 35, of Playas De Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico attempted to enter the U.S. Feb. 5, but a CBP narcotics-detection canine sniffed out the drugs.

Officers removed nearly 400 packages of meth.

“This significant interception is a testament to the vigilance and skills of the dedicated officers at the Port of Nogales,” Port Director Guadalupe Ramirez said.

Lugo was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. He’s being charged with possession of methamphetamine and intent to distribute.

Lugo denied knowing the drugs were in the trailer.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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