Rio Rico Woman Caught with Meth at Immigration Checkpoint
TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents from the Nogales Station arrested a local woman smuggling methamphetamine at the immigration checkpoint near Amado, Arizona on Thursday afternoon.
Agents at the Interstate 19 immigration checkpoint referred a shuttle van for a secondary immigration inspection where they discovered two small bundles of methamphetamine on the woman’s person.
The 18-year-old was taken into custody and transported to the Nogales Border Patrol Station.
The substance was confirmed as methamphetamine at the Nogales Station, with a total weight of one pound and an estimated street value of $33,000.
The woman is currently being held on drug smuggling charges and is awaiting disposition.
Federal law allows agents to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows the filing of charges for criminal activity without inferring guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
CBP welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free. All calls will be answered and remain anonymous.
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.