NOGALES, ARIZ.—More than 24 pounds of cocaine were seized Saturday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Mariposa Port in Nogales.
Officers referred Rafael Balvanedo Anaya-Arce, 37, of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for further inspection of his Chevrolet sedan when he attempted to enter the United States. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs, officers found 10 packages of cocaine throughout the vehicle.
The drugs and vehicle were processed for seizure. Anaya was arrested and 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.