SAN LUIS, ARIZ.—Two local men were arrested Thursday at the Port of San Luis after U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers discovered nearly 100 pounds of cocaine and heroin in separate incidents.
Last night, Rene Antonio Martinez-Romero, 48, of San Luis, was referred for additional inspection of his Dodge van. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs in the rocker panels of the vehicle frame, officers removed 30 packages of cocaine with a weight of more than 78 pounds and an estimated value of nearly $714,000.
Earlier in the day, Gerardo Atayde, 23, of San Luis, was referred for additional inspection of his Nissan sedan. Officers located more than 21 pounds of heroin within the rear seat, which has an estimated value of almost $289,000.
The drugs and vehicle were seized. Martinez and Atayde 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.
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.