Nogales, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a trusted traveler program participant after finding more than 80 pounds of marijuana inside a vehicle storage compartment and luggage bag during a routine vehicle inspection.
"Any violation involving a trusted traveler program participant is taken very seriously at the port of entry and we work with the U.S. Attorney's office to ensure individuals are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," said Port Director Guadalupe Ramirez.
At approximately 6:30 a.m. on Feb 14, during routine screening of vehicle and travelers crossing through the SENTRI lane at the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry in Nogales, a CBP officer encountered a 31-year-old driver of a 2010 Mazda CX-7 SUV.
During routine questioning, the officer became suspicious of the driver's answers and asked the driver to open the trunk. When the officer looked in the trunk, he noticed what appeared to be packages of contraband so he took the driver into custody. An intensive inspection of the vehicle revealed bundles of marijuana concealed in a storage compartment in the truck, in the engine area, and in a luggage bag.
Officers seized seven bundles of marijuana, weighing more than 80 pounds. The driver, a U.S. citizen, was arrested and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for further investigation and prosecution.
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.
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.