Officers located and seized packages of marijuana from behind the back seats of a smuggling vehicle
CBP officers at the Port of Douglas seized packages from under the front hood of a smuggling vehicle on Thursday
Customs and Border Protection officers at the Raul Hector Castro Port of Entry in Douglas, Arizona, arrested a Mexican national female as well as a Douglas, Ariz. female resident, for separate attempts to smuggle a total of 456 pounds of marijuana into the United States on Aug. 25.
Officers referred a 21-year-old Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico woman for a secondary inspection of her Pontiac sedan, a CBP narcotics-detection canine helped officers locate multiple packages of marijuana, with a weight of more than 248 pounds and value of $124,000, from various interior and exterior areas of the vehicle.
A few hours later, officers referred a 22-year-old Douglas, Ariz. woman for further inspection of her Chevrolet sedan. Officers located and removed numerous packages of marijuana, with a weight of nearly 208 pounds and value of nearly $104,000, from multiple locations within the inside and exterior of the vehicle.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicles, and turned both subjects 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
Nogales CBP Seizes $158K in Hard Drugs
Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a male Mexican national connected with a failed attempt to smuggle heroin and methamphetamine yesterday (August 24) through the Dennis DeConcini crossing in Nogales, Arizona.
Officers referred the 37-year-old resident of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for a secondary inspection of his Toyota SUV. A positive alert by a CBP narcotics-detection canine led to the discovery of more than seven pounds of heroin, worth more than $128,000 as well as nearly 10 pounds of meth, worth nearly $30,000, within a non-factory compartment inside the vehicle’s rear quarter panels and passenger door.
Officers seized the vehicle and drugs, while the subject was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
Nogales CBP Seizes More Than $146K in Hard Drugs
Customs and Border Protection officers arrested two Mexican women, and a U.S. woman from Rio Rico, Arizona, during separate weekend attempts to smuggle methamphetamine through the Port of Nogales.
The first incident occurred Aug. 19 when officers referred a 31-year-old woman from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for further inspection as she attempted to enter the U.S. through the Morley pedestrian crossing. A search of the woman revealed more than 3 pounds of meth, worth nearly $9,400, wrapped around her calves. Moments later, officers referred a 29-year-old woman, also from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for similar inspection and, using a CBP narcotics-detection canine, discovered the same amount of meth wrapped around her calves.
On Aug. 21, officers referred a 24-year-old Rio Rico woman for further inspection of her Mazda sedan as she entered the U.S. through the Mariposa crossing. A narcotics-detection canine alerted officers to the vehicle’s firewall where they found almost 43 pounds of meth worth nearly $128,000.
Officers seized the vehicle and narcotics, and turned all subjects over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
San Luis CBP Officers Seize $131K Worth of Meth
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of San Luis arrested a 23-year-old man after finding nearly 44 pounds of methamphetamine, worth approximately $131,000, on Aug. 21.
After a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs during a secondary inspection, officers located multiple bundles of meth within the quarter panels of his Honda sedan.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicle, and referred the subject to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.