SAN LUIS, ARIZ.—A local woman was arrested yesterday for attempting to smuggle nearly 25 pounds of cocaine and more than hree pounds of methamphetamine into the U.S.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers arrested Norma Bernice Vidal, 40, after a narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs in a side quarter panel of her Buick sedan. Officers found 13 packages; 10 of them containing cocaine worth $231,000 and the other three containing methamphetamine valued at $51,000.
The drugs and vehicle were seized. Vidal was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations for state prosecution.
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.
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.