Nogales, Ariz. - A 25-year-old woman from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico was arrested by Customs and Border Protection officers on November 29, for attempting to smuggle more than 28 pounds of cocaine and 16 pounds of methamphetamine, through the Mariposa port of entry. The value of the drugs was nearly $508,000.
A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to a Ford Mustang being driven by Rosa Isela Santos. CBP officers located 24 packages of drugs inside of the vehicle's quarter panels. The vehicle and drugs were processed for seizure. Santos was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations.
Individuals arrested may be charged by complaint which is the method that a person is charged with criminal activity raising 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 CBP Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Homeland Security 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. The mission also includes 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.