Nogales, AZ.-Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Tucson field office, a component of the Customs and Border Protection Joint Field Command-Arizona, seized more than 39 pounds of hard narcotics Wednesday with an estimated value of more than $500,000.
Officers at the Dennis DeConcini Port in Nogales referred a 40-year-old Nogales, Ariz. woman driving a Volkswagen Jetta for a secondary inspection. After a narcotics detection canine alerted to the vehicle, officers located six packages of cocaine and 26 packages of methamphetamines. The narcotics and vehicle were seized. The woman was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.
"I am very proud of my CPB officers and their efforts," said Area Port Director Guadalupe Ramirez. "This seizure will prevent a large amount of very harmful narcotics from reaching our streets."
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.
CBP announced the JFC-AZ in February 2011 as an organizational realignment that brings together the U.S. Border Patrol, Air and Marine, and Field Operations under a unified command structure. The JFC-AZ integrates CBP's border security, commercial enforcement, and trade facilitation missions to more effectively meet the unique challenges faced in the Arizona area of operations.
CBP's office of field operations is the primary organization within Homeland Security tasked primarily 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 responsibilities, 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.