San Luiz, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Tucson Field Office, a component of the Customs and Border Protection Joint Field Command-Arizona, seized a shipment of methamphetamines worth more than $200,000 yesterday.
For the second time this week, officers at the San Luis Port made a significant seizure of methamphetamines when they referred a 45-year-old Mexican man for a secondary inspection of his Nissan sedan. During further inspection, officers located 14 packages of crystal methamphetamines that weighed nearly 15 pounds with an estimated value of more than $226,000. The narcotics and the vehicle were seized, while the subject was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.
"CBP officers at the port of San Luis are working hard to disrupt the criminal smuggling organizations' activity," said Port Director William K. Brooks. "These seizures are great examples of our officers' vigilance and attention to detail."
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 Arizona.
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.