San Luis, Ariz. — A Phoenix man and a Mexican national male were arrested in separate weekend incidents at the Port of San Luis after U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers discovered separate shipments of cocaine and methamphetamine worth more than $429,000.
Sunday, a 36-year-old Mexican man was referred for a secondary inspection of his Jeep SUV. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs inside the spare tire, officers removed 10 packages filled with more than 26 pounds of cocaine worth in excess of $240,000.
Saturday, a 21-year-old Phoenix man was referred for additional inspection of his Pontiac sedan. A drug dog led to the discovery of 10 packages of methamphetamine containing more than 12 pounds valued at more than $189,000.
The drugs and vehicles were seized. Both subjects 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.