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San Luis CBP Officers Arrest Mexican National Smuggling Nearly 100 Pounds of Marijuana

Release Date: 
August 2, 2012

San Luis, Ariz. - A 30-year-old man from San Luis, Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico was arrested Wednesday for attempting to smuggle more than 99 pounds of marijuana into the United States through the San Luis port.

Marijuana bundles hidden inside vehicles tire.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred Joel Arturo Cano Garcia for a secondary inspection of his Nissan sedan and then discovered a total of 30 marijuana packages inside all four tires.

The drugs and vehicle were processed for seizure. Garcia 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.

The Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within CBP tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation's ports. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the U.S. 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 (CBP) 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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017