U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Nogales arrested a Mexican woman when she attempted to enter the United States on Aug. 16 with more than 5 pounds of methamphetamine taped to her legs.
Officers at the Morley pedestrian crossing selected a 26-year-old resident of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for a secondary inspection, and found packages of meth taped to her shins.
Officers seized the drugs, worth more than $15,000, and referred the woman to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
Douglas CBP Officers seize $137,500 in marijuana
Customs and Border Protection officers at the Raul Hector Castro Port of Entry in Douglas, Arizona, arrested a 29-year-old man from Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico for attempting to smuggle 275 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $137,500, into the United States on Aug. 17.
After officers referred the man for a secondary inspection of his Jeep SUV, a CBP narcotics-detection canine helped officers locate numerous packages of marijuana from various locations inside and outside of the vehicle, including the tires.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicle, and turned the subject over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
Federal law allows officers 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 and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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.