CBP Officers at Arizona Border Seize Cocaine, Meth Valued at $551K
NOGALES, ARIZ.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers at the Nogales Port arrested two Mexican nationals in separate incidents Tuesday for attempting to smuggle approximately $551,000 worth of cocaine and methamphetamine into the United States.
After Carlos Ramos Jaramillo, 45, was referred for a secondary inspection of his Chevrolet sedan, a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs. Officers then located six packages of methamphetamine and four packages of cocaine from a compartment near the gas tank.
Earlier Tuesday, officers arrested Alvaro Aglaidel Arellano Carvajal, 30, of Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, after a CBP canine alerted to 12 packages of methamphetamine below the windshield of his Nissan van.
In both cases, the drugs and vehicles were seized and the subjects 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.
CBP's Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Homeland Security tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation's ports. OFO 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.
All CBP assets in Arizona were realigned under a unified command structure in February 2011. Joint Field Command - Arizona unifies the Tucson and Yuma Border Patrol Sectors and Air Branches, as well as the Tucson Field Office, to enhance border security, commercial enforcement and trade facilitation missions to meet Arizona's unique challenges. Follow us on Twitter @CBPArizona for more information.