San Luis, AZ. - Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Tucson Field Office, a component of the CBP Joint Field Command-Arizona, arrested a 26-year-old man from Mexico on October 1, after he attempted to enter the United States with more than $256,000 worth of methamphetamines concealed in his vehicle.
San Luis CBP officers discovered the drugs during a secondary inspection after a narcotics detection canine alerted to the man's Lexus sedan. The methamphetamines, hidden in a non-factory compartment, weighed nearly 17 pounds. The drugs and the vehicle were seized. The subject was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations.
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 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 border security, commercial enforcement, and trade facilitation missions to more effectively meet the unique challenges faced in the Arizona area of operations.
The CBP 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 border-related responsibilities, 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.