Douglas, Ariz. - Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Tucson Field Office, a component of CBP's Joint Field Command - Arizona, arrested a Mexican woman yesterday for attempting to smuggle 200 rounds of ammunition out of the United States.
Officers conducting routine outbound operations at the Douglas Port referred the 30-year-old Agua Prieta, Sonora, woman for secondary inspection of her GMC truck as she attempted to enter Mexico. When officers searched the subject, rounds of ammunition began falling from her clothing. Two hundred rounds of 9-mm and .45-caliber ammunition were removed from her waistband. The woman was arrested and the ammunition was processed for seizure.
Individuals arrested are charged with a criminal complaint, which 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.
CBP announced the JFC-AZ in February 2011 as an organizational realignment that brings together the Tucson and Yuma Border Patrol Sectors and Air Branches, as well as the Tucson Field Office, under a unified command structure. JFC-AZ integrates CBP's border security, commercial enforcement and trade facilitation missions to more effectively meet the unique challenges faced in Arizona. Follow us on Twitter @CBPArizona.
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.