Naco, Ariz. - A female Mexican national was taken into custody Friday after Customs and Border Protection officers at the Naco Port discovered approximately 38 pounds of marijuana hidden inside the back seat of a Dodge Neon she was driving.
Officers referred Lucia Erives-Miranda, 22, for additional inspection of the vehicle after a CBP officer noticed the vehicle's back seat was unusually hard. During the inspection, officers found 14 packages of marijuana inside the back seat.
The drugs, worth almost $19,000, and vehicle were processed for seizure. The subject was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.
Individuals arrested are charged with a criminal complaint, which raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
CBP's Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Homeland Security tasked primarily with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation's ports. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes carrying out border-related duties, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.