NOGALES, ARIZ.—A 22-year-old Mexican male who is a legal permanent resident living in Tucson was arrested on March 10, for attempting to smuggle more than $393,000 worth of methamphetamine through the Dennis DeConcini port.
Customs and Border Protection officers selected Jesus Roberto Castro-Lopez for an additional inspection of his Lincoln SUV when he attempted to enter the United States. A canine narcotic detection team was called in to inspect the vehicle and the canine alerted to the presence of drugs in the dash area. Subsequently, a CBP officer found 20 packages of methamphetamine with a combined weight of nearly 25.5 pounds.
The drugs and vehicle were processed for seizure. Martinez was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-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.
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. Their mission also includes 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.