Two arrested at SF Airport trying to smuggle $500,000 worth of drugs into US 

Federal officers late last month arrested two people who attempted to bring more than $500,000 worth of drugs into the United States through San Francisco International Airport, customs officials said Wednesday.

Pedro Daniel Rodriguez, 21, and Yuniba Elizabeth Cordero, 22, both U.S. citizens, were reportedly found Dec. 29 with large amounts of crystal methamphetamine and cocaine hidden in secret compartments in their luggage, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Ed Low.

The two travelers allegedly had approximately 2.24 kilograms of cocaine and 6.5 kilograms of meth. The street value of the cocaine is about $158,000, Low said, and the methamphetamine about $351,000.

The two arrived at SFO from Mexico. After going through a routine inspection, customs agents found their luggage to be “unusually heavy,” according to an affidavit filed with the U.S. District Court.



Customs agents then performed an X-ray scan of the luggage and found “several solid objects concealed under the plastic lining at the bottom of the three suitcases,” the affidavit said.

Customs agents reportedly drilled a hole into the plastic liner of one suitcase and discovered a white powdery substance within. Samples taken from the luggage were sent to a lab and tested positive for cocaine and meth.

The suspects face drug charges of possession with the intent to distribute.

rnagle@sfexaminer.com

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