TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a Yuma resident in connection to a failed smuggling attempt Wednesday resulting in the seizure of more than 52 pounds of methamphetamine at Arizona’s Port of San Luis.
Officers referred a 20-year-old Yuma man for additional questioning as he attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico last night in his Ford Mustang. After an alert to the presence of what it is trained to detect by a CBP canine, officers discovered 50 packages of meth within the vehicle’s rocker panels of more than 52 pounds, worth $156,000.
CBP officers seized the drugs and vehicle, and 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 supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.