SAN LUIS, ARIZ.—A female Mexican national was arrested Sunday at the Port of San Luis after U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers discovered more than 12 pounds of heroin and more than 13 pounds of methamphetamine within the rocker panels (vehicle frame).
Last night, Cristina Bernal-Delgado, 44, of San Luis, Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico, was referred for additional inspection of her Ford sedan. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs in the rocker panels of the vehicle frame, officers removed five packages of heroin, worth in excess of $166,000, and eight packages of methamphetamine valued at more than $206,000.
The drugs and vehicle were seized. Bernal 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.
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.