CBP Seizes Nearly 50 lbs. of Methamphetamine
TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Lukeville arrested a Caborca, Sonora resident for attempting to smuggle $139,000 worth of methamphetamine into the United States yesterday.
CBP officers referred a 26-year-old man for a secondary inspection of his Nissan sedan when he applied to enter the United States from Mexico. A CBP K-9 alerted the vehicle leading officers to the discovery of more than 40 packages containing nearly 50 pounds of methamphetamine concealed within the vehicle’s doors.
Officers arrested the subject and turned him over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. The drugs and the vehicle were seized.
Federal law allows officers to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows the filing of charges for criminal activity without inferring 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 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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.