SAN LUIS, ARIZ.—A Somerton, Ariz., man and woman were arrested yesterday by Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of San Luis for attempting to smuggle into the United States more than 10 pounds of methamphetamine strapped to their bodies.
Arrested were Melissa Lopez Delgado, 22, and Briayan Efrain B. Ramirez-Garcia, 20. The couple was attempting to cross the border in a Ford sedan when they were selected for additional inspection. During a pat-down search, officers found them both to be concealing methamphetamine on their bodies. Delgado had packaging wrapped around her thighs, while Ramirez had packages wrapped around his waist, thighs and calves. The packages contained a combined 10 pounds of methamphetamine worth an estimated $157,000.
The drugs and vehicle were seized. Delgado and Ramirez were turned over 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.
The Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Customs and Border Protection 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.