TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations officers arrested a Somerton resident for attempting to smuggle nearly four pounds of meth through the Port of San Luis.
Officers referred a 28-year-old U.S. citizen for an additional inspection of his Nissan sedan as he attempted to enter the country Monday night. While searching the vehicle, officers discovered packages of meth within the vehicle’s backseats.
Officers seized the drugs, worth approximately $3,500, and the vehicle. The subject was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s 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 and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.