SAN LUIS, ARIZ.—A woman from Somerton, Ariz., was arrested Sunday by Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of San Luis for attempting to smuggle nearly 47 pounds of methamphetamine, valued at almost $723,000, and more than three pounds of heroin worth an estimated $42,000.
Officers were inspecting a Mitsubishi SUV, driven by 39-year-old Nancy Fidelina Meraz, when a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the vehicle's gas tank. After the tank was removed for further inspection, officers discovered multiple packages of the drugs worth close to $765,000.
The drugs and vehicle were seized. Meraz 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.
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.