SAN LUIS, ARIZ.—A Mexican man is in custody for attempting to smuggle more than 13 pounds of heroin into the United States through the Port of San Luis on Thursday.
Macario Angulo-Petris, 31, of San Luis, Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico, was arrested by Customs and Border Protection officers after discovering seven packages of heroin in his Nissan SUV. A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted officers to the presence of drugs underneath the vehicle.
The drugs, $178,000 worth of heroin, and vehicle were seized. Angulo 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 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 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.