NOGALES, ARIZ.—Nearly 13 pounds of cocaine was seized yesterday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Nogales ports of entry. A Mexican man is in custody following the failed smuggling attempt.
CBP officers first referred Jose Luis Gonzalez Murillo, 33, of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for inspection of his Volkswagen when he attempted to enter the United States through the Mariposa Port. Officers then found five packages of cocaine in a pair of overnight bags. The drugs, worth an estimated $118,000, and vehicle were processed for seizure. Murillo 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.
Port officers are assigned to the Office of Field Operations, the primary organization within CBP 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.