Nogales, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Nogales arrested an elderly woman carrying 10.5 pounds of marijuana strapped to her body.
On Tuesday, March 30, CBP officers working the Morley Pedestrian Gate encountered a 94-year-old Mexican woman from Nogales, Sonora, walking into the United States for a day of shopping. A CBP officer became suspicious and referred the woman for further inspection. A thorough inspection resulted in the discovery of 10.5 pounds of marijuana strapped to the woman's body from her torso to her legs.
The marijuana, six bundles with an estimated street value of $5,250 was seized. The woman was turned over to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agents for further investigation. A criminal complaint is simply the method by which a person is charged with criminal activity and 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.
The Office of Field Operations is responsible for securing our borders at the ports of entry. U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers' primary mission is anti-terrorism; they screen all people, vehicles, and goods entering the United States, while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel into and out of the United States. Their mission also includes carrying out traditional border-related responsibilities, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration law, protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases, and enforcing trade laws. While anti-terrorism is the primary mission of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the inspection process at the ports of entry associated with this mission results in impressive numbers of enforcement actions in all categories.
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.