San Luis, Ariz. - A 32-year-old Mexican national and a 22-year-old Somerton, Ariz. woman were arrested over the weekend for attempting to smuggle narcotics into the United States through the San Luis Port.
Customs and Border Protection officers referred the man for a secondary inspection of his Ford sedan when he was attempting to enter the United States on Friday afternoon. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs, officers located 15 packages of methamphetamines inside the front bumper of the vehicle. The narcotics weighed more than 16 pounds with an estimated value of nearly $249,000.
Early Saturday, officers referred the woman for a secondary inspection of her Ford truck. During the secondary inspection, officers removed the fuel tank and located 40 packages of marijuana weighing 113 pounds with an estimated value of nearly $57,000.
The drugs and vehicles were processed for seizure. Both subjects were arrested and 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.