San Luis, AZ- Customs and Border Protection officers at the San Luis Port, a component of the Joint Field Command-Arizona, arrested a 44-year-old Mexican man Tuesday after he attempted to enter the United States with more than 36 pounds of hard narcotics concealed in his vehicle.
Officers at the San Luis Port referred a 44-year-old Mexican man for a secondary inspection of his Chrysler sedan after he attempted to enter the United States. After a narcotics detection canine alerted to the vehicle, officers located a total of 16 packages concealed behind the passenger side backseat. Twelve of the packages contained more than 31 pounds of cocaine, while the other four contained almost five pounds of methamphetamines. The narcotics, with a combined estimated value $362,000, and the vehicle were processed for seizure.
"Every interdiction such as this is extremely important," said Port Director William K. Brooks. "The diligence and hard work of these CBP officers just prevented a significant amount of very dangerous hard narcotics from reaching our communities."
Individuals arrested are charged with a criminal complaint which raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
CBP announced the JFC-AZ in February 2011 as an organizational realignment that brings together the U.S. Border Patrol, Air and Marine, and Field Operations under a unified command structure. The JFC-AZ integrates CBP's border security, commercial enforcement, and trade facilitation missions to more effectively meet the unique challenges faced in Arizona.
CBP's office of field operations is the primary organization within Homeland Security tasked primarily 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.