LUKEVILLE, ARIZ.—A Phoenix woman was arrested on March 6, in connection with a failed drug-smuggling attempt through the Lukeville port.
Customs and Border Protection officers referred Monica Guaydacan, 23, for additional inspection of her Ford truck when she applied for entry at the border. During the inspection, a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs in the front bumper. Officers located 5.5 pounds of crystal methamphetamine inside a hidden compartment and elsewhere in the front bumper. The drugs and vehicle were processed for seizure. Guaydacan was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement- 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.
The Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Customs and Border Protection 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. The mission also includes 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.