TUCSON, Ariz. - An 18-year-old Nogales, Sonora, Mexico man was arrested Tuesday for attempting to smuggle more than 42 pounds of methamphetamine, valued at nearly $654,000, through the Port of Nogales.
During a secondary inspection of a Jeep SUV at the Mariposa crossing, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers found 27 packages of meth in the vehicles’ quarter panels.
The vehicle and drugs were processed for seizure. The subject, Jose Ramon Montes De Oca-Siraytare, was referred 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.
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.