TUCSON, Ariz. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a Washington state couple on Aug. 25 at the Port of Sasabe on charges of attempting to drive stolen items into Mexico.
Officers performing outbound inspections referred Cathleen May Stein, 48, and her passenger, Kenneth Don Medley, 50, both from Blaine, Washington, for additional scrutiny.
During the inspection, officers learned that their Ford truck was reported stolen, as was a motorcycle they were hauling. The couple was also found to be in possession of nearly four pounds of marijuana and 10 grams of methamphetamine.
Officers seized the vehicle and turned Stein and Medley over to the Pima County Sheriff’s Department.
CBP's Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Homeland Security 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.