San Luis, Ariz.— A Mexican national was arrested yesterday at the Port of San Luis after U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers discovered 1,041 pounds of marijuana co-mingled within a shipment of scrap aluminum.
After the 44-year-old man was referred for a secondary inspection of a Peterbilt tractor trailer, officers found 44 packages filled with marijuana worth nearly $469,000.
The drugs and vehicle were seized. The subject 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.