SAN LUIS, ARIZ.—A 46-year-old Phoenix man was apprehended Monday for attempting to smuggle nearly 42 pounds of cocaine into the United States.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and a detection canine discovered 16 packages of drugs, valued at more than $378,000, throughout the Ford pickup driven by Martin De La Torre Dominguez.
The drugs and vehicle were seized. De La Torre 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.
The Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within U.S. 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.