LUKEVILLE, ARIZ.—A Mesa, Ariz. man was arrested Sunday in connection with a failed drug-smuggling attempt through the Lukeville Port.
Customs and Border Protection officers referred Jose Luis Fuentes-Alvarado, 24, for additional inspection of his Chevrolet sedan when he applied for entry at the border. During the inspection, officers located more than six pounds of crystal methamphetamine inside the lining of an ice chest partially filled with seafood. The drugs and vehicle were processed for seizure. Fuentes was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.
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.
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.