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Lukeville CBP Officers Seize Meth

Release Date: 
August 2, 2012

Lukeville, Ariz. - Two Mexican nationals were arrested Wednesday for allegedly attempting to smuggle more than 10 pounds of methamphetamine into the United States through the Lukeville port.

Hidden meth inside fender well.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Tucson Field Office referred Gibran Osorio Reynoso, 21, and his passenger, Damian Moreno Mendez, 22, both of Caborca, Mexico, for a secondary inspection of Osorio's Dodge truck. Officers then found eight packages of methamphetamine, worth an estimated $158,000, inside the fender wells.

The vehicle and drugs were processed for seizure. Osorio and Mendez were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's 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. 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 (CBP) 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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017