SAN LUIS, ARIZ.—Two Somerton women are in custody following separate failed attempts to smuggle nearly 104 pounds of methamphetamine into the United States through the Port of San Luis Sunday.
Customs and Border Protection officers referred a 40-year-old U.S. citizen for inspection of her Chevrolet pickup truck when she attempted to enter the country. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted officers to the presence of drugs, they removed $465,465 worth of meth from the gas tank.
The second woman arrested, a 43-year-old U.S. citizen, was also transporting meth in the gas tank of her GMC van. During the secondary inspection, officers assisted by a CBP narcotics detection canine found packages of meth valued at $584,815.
"Our officers have done a great job thwarting the drug-trafficking organizations," said Port Director William K. Brooks. "We are well aware that this war on drugs continues and our officers are up for the challenge."
The drugs and vehicles were seized. The two women were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.
Individuals arrested may be charged by complaint, the method by which a person is charged with criminal activity, which raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
The Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Customs and Border Protection tasked 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.