SAN LUIS, ARIZ.—A 41-year-old Mexican woman was arrested Wednesday for attempting to smuggle nearly 2.5 pounds of heroin and nearly nine pounds of marijuana into the United States.
Customs and Border Protection officers referred Maria Glenda Morales Ramirez, for an inspection of her Ford sedan when she attempted to enter the United States. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs in the rear bumper, officers located the marijuana. A subsequent search of Morales, led to the discovery of the heroin in her purse. The combined value of both drugs is more than $37,000.
The drugs and vehicle were seized. Morales 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 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.