Mariposa CBP Officers Seize $348K in Meth
NOGALES, ARIZ.—More than 22 pounds of methamphetamine, worth an estimated $347,820, was seized Monday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Mariposa Port.
Officers referred Jose Luis Martinez, 20, of Mesa, Ariz., for an inspection of his Ford sedan when he attempted to enter the United States. During the search, officers found 33 packages of meth concealed under the vehicle's dashboard.
The drugs and vehicle were seized. Martinez was 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 U.S. 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.