San Luis CBP Officers Arrest Meth Smuggler
TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a male Mexican national in a failed smuggling attempt yesterday, resulting in the seizure of nearly 40 pounds of methamphetamine at Arizona’s Port of San Luis.
Officers referred a 22-year-old San Luis man for additional questioning as he attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico in a Ford truck. A CBP canine alert led officers to discover multiple packages of meth, worth an estimated $115,500 in the vehicle’s spare tire.
CBP officers seized the drugs and vehicle, and arrested the subject who was then turned over to Homeland Security Investigations.
Federal law allows officers to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows the filing of charges for criminal activity without inferring guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
CBP's Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Homeland Security 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.