Busy Weekend for CBP Officers in Southeastern Arizona
Douglas, AZ. - Douglas and Naco Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Tucson field office, a component of the Customs and Border Protection Joint Field Command - Arizona (JFC-AZ), arrested four people wanted on outstanding arrest warrants and seized $18,000 in marijuana during weekend operations.
A 50-year-old Douglas woman was apprehended Friday at the Douglas port vehicle crossing following a routine records check that revealed an outstanding arrest warrant. She was turned over to the Douglas Police Department.
A 30-year-old woman from Liberty Hill, Texas, was also arrested Friday at the Douglas port vehicle crossing after a routine records check revealed she had an outstanding arrest warrant out of Willcox. She also was turned over to Douglas Police.
Friday evening, Douglas port officers referred a 19-year-old Douglas woman entering the United States for a secondary inspection of her Volkswagen sedan. After a narcotics detection canine alerted to the vehicle, officers located 26 packages of marijuana weighing nearly 36 pounds and worth approximately $18,000. The drugs and vehicle were processed for seizure. The woman was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.
Saturday afternoon, a 24-year-old woman from Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico, attempted to enter the United States through a Douglas Port pedestrian lane and was referred to a secondary inspection area for additional questioning. When officers conducted a routine records check, they discovered an outstanding arrest warrant for money laundering. She was arrested and turned over to Douglas Police.
Earlier Saturday, an 18-year-old Naco, Arizona resident surrendered to officers at the Naco port in connection with an outstanding arrest warrant for violating his probation. Once the warrant was confirmed by the man's probation officer, he was turned over to a Cochise County Sheriff's deputy.
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 announced the JFC-AZ in February 2011 as an organizational realignment that brings together the U.S. Border Patrol, Air and Marine, and Field Operations under a unified command structure. The JFC-AZ integrates CBP's border security, commercial enforcement, and trade facilitation missions to more effectively meet the unique challenges faced in the Arizona area of operations.
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 responsibilities, 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.