San Luis, Ariz. - Two Mexican nationals were arrested over the weekend in connection with separate attempts to smuggle methamphetamine and heroin into the United States through the San Luis port of entry.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred Marisela Alejandri Galindo, 24, for inspection of a Chevrolet sedan she was driving Friday. Officers found nearly nine pounds of methamphetamine worth an estimated $136,000.
Saturday, officers referred Hector Saenz Pacheco, 51, for inspection of his Chevrolet truck. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs, officers located a package of heroin weighing more than four pounds and worth nearly $57,000.
In both incidents, the subjects were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations. The drugs and vehicles were seized.
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. 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 (CBP) 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.
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.