CBP Officers Intercept more than $150,000 in Meth
Nogales, Ariz. - A male Mexican national was apprehended Saturday after Customs and Border Protection officers at the Dennis DeConcini Port discovered more than $150,000 worth of methamphetamine hidden in his vehicle.
Officers referred Castulo Chavez Cecena, 41, of Cibuta, Sonora, Mexico, for additional questioning and a vehicle search when he attempted to enter the United States. A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs in the vehicle's oil pan where officers found one package of meth weighing nearly 10 pounds.
The drugs 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.