Arizona CBP Officers Seize More Than $1.2 Million in Meth
SAN LUIS, ARIZ.—A local woman, a California man and Phoenix man were arrested in separate incidents at the Port of San Luis for attempting to smuggle nearly 79 pounds of methamphetamine into the U.S.
Customs and Border Protection officers arrested Carolina Garibay, 27, a U.S. citizen presently living in San Luis, Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico, after a narcotics detection canine alerted officers to packages of methamphetamine within the vehicles rocker panels and rear bumper. The drugs, with a total weight more than 35 pounds and worth an estimated $545,600, were seized.
A short time earlier, officers referred Jesse James Lopez, 20, of Phoenix, for an additional inspection of his Jeep SUV. After a narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs, officers located 10 packages of meth concealed within the vehicles quarter panels, with a total weight of nearly 12 pounds and an estimated value of more than $179,000.
CBP officers also referred Hector Salcido, 53, of San Pedro, Calif,, for an additional inspection of his Ford truck, this morning. After a narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs, officers located packages of meth concealed within the vehicles gas tank, with a total weight of more than 32 pounds and an estimated value of more than $497,800.
The drugs and vehicles were seized. Garibay, Lopez, and Salcido 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.