San Luis, Ariz. —A 24-year-old southern California man was arrested Wednesday for attempting to smuggle nearly 25 pounds of methamphetamine into the United States.
Customs and Border Protection officers referred Jesus Guerrero-Valencia of Perris, Calif. for an inspection of his Nissan sedan. After a narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs in the vehicle, officers removed 19 packages of crystal meth worth $383,625.
The drugs and vehicle were seized. Guerrero 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.
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