SAN LUIS, ARIZ.—Two individuals were arrested yesterday in separate incidents at the Port of San Luis for attempting to smuggle a combined $40,920 worth of methamphetamine into the United States.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized nearly two pounds of meth found strapped to the thighs of Angel Gabriel Ornelas, a 20-year-old U.S. citizen, during a secondary inspection. The value of the seized drug was $23,870.
Jose Luis Garcia-Hernandez, a 26-year-old authorized permanent resident living in Yuma, was arrested after officers found more than one pound of meth in a backpack in the trunk of a Chrysler sedan. The drugs, valued at $17,050, were located during a secondary inspection.
The meth and vehicle were processed for seizure. Both individuals were 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 Customs and Border Protection 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.