NOGALES, ARIZ.—Two people were arrested this week at the Port of Lukeville in connection with failed drug-smuggling attempts.
Yesterday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred Arturo Calvillo-Calvillo, 37, a Mexican national living in Phoenix, for additional inspection of his Chrysler sedan when he applied for entry at the border. During the inspection, officers located 127 bricks of marijuana weighing nearly 100 pounds and worth an estimated $49,800. The drugs and vehicle were processed for seizure. Calvillo was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.
Tuesday, agents in Lukeville referred Maria Teresa Gerra, 37, of Tucson, Ariz., for additional inspection of her Ford SUV when she applied to enter the United States. When officers searched the vehicle, they located 49 packages of marijuana in an ice chest and spare tire. Gerra, her vehicle and more than 76 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $38,000, were turned over to Pima County Sheriff's deputies.
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 CBP tasked with an anti-terrorism mission. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the U.S. while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their 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.