Douglas, Ariz. - Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Tucson Field Office, a component of the CBP Joint Field Command-Arizona, seized a shipment of cocaine worth more than $1.3 million on September 29.
CBP officers assigned to the Douglas commercial facility referred a 50-year-old-man from Douglas driving a Kenworth truck with a flatbed trailer for an x-ray examination. Subsequently, officers noticed an anomaly within the trailer that prompted them to utilize a narcotics detection canine which alerted to the trailer. Upon further inspection, officers located a non-factory compartment concealing 56 packages of cocaine weighing nearly 145 pounds. The narcotics, truck and trailer were seized, while the subject was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations.
"More than a million dollars of cocaine, a very dangerous narcotic, will never make it to the streets of our communities thanks to these CBP officers," said Port Director Michael Humphries. "I praise their tireless efforts that are always given towards the protection of our country's frontline."
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, as an organizational realignment that brings together the U.S. Border Patrol, Air and Marine, and Field Operations under a unified command structure. The JFC-AZ integrates CBP's border security, commercial enforcement, and trade facilitation missions to more effectively meet the unique challenges faced in the Arizona area of operations.
CBP's Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Homeland Security tasked primarily 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 responsibilities, 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 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.