Nogales, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales, Ariz. seized more than 425 pounds of marijuana as well as more than seven pounds of methamphetamine over the weekend.
Officers referred Juan Marcelo Armstrong, 24, of Tucson, for additional inspection when he attempted to enter the United States Friday afternoon. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs inside Armstrong's truck, which was loaded with a shipment of assorted piñatas, officers located and removed numerous packages of marijuana.
Earlier Friday afternoon, officers referred Pedro de Jesus Magana-Caballero, 28, of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for an inspection of his Chevrolet sedan. After a CBP canine alerted to the presence of drugs in Magana's car, officers removed a package of methamphetamine from the oil pan.
The drugs and vehicles from both cases were processed for seizure. Armstrong and Magana were arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.
Individuals arrested are charged with a criminal complaint, which raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent 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.