Sonoita Station agents directed a Chevrolet pickup truck, occupied by three adult U.S. citizens with a camper trailer in tow, to a secondary inspection area after a Border Patrol canine alerted to an odor it was trained to detect. During the subsequent search, agents found multiple bundles of marijuana in the camper.
Agents arrested the 43-year-old driver and two passengers for smuggling and seized the vehicle, camper and marijuana.
Federal law allows agents to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows the filing of charges for criminal activity without inferring guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless or until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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.