SAN LUIS, ARIZ.—A Somerton, Ariz. woman was arrested Monday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the port of San Luis for attempting to smuggle nearly three pounds of methamphetamine into the United States by concealing it on her body.
Officers referred 44-year-old Adriana Palencia-Rodriguez, a Mexican national living in the border community, for further inspection of her Saturn SUV. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the vehicle, officers searched Palencia and the interior of the vehicle. During a pat-down search, officers found packages underneath each breast, in her purse and in her groin area. The five packages contained 2.75 pounds of methamphetamine worth nearly $43,000.
The drugs and vehicle were seized. Palencia was 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.