TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations, officers arrested two U.S. citizens for separate alleged attempts to smuggle more than 70 pounds of methamphetamine through the Port of San Luis.
Officers referred a 20-year-old Somerton man for additional inspection of his Jeep SUV as he attempted to enter the U.S. early Thursday morning.
After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to a scent it was trained to detect coming from the vehicle’s roof, a search led to the discovery of packages that weighed more than 70 pounds, and have an estimated value of almost $211,000.
Just after midnight on Friday, CBP officers at the pedestrian lanes referred an 18-year-old San Luis, Arizona man for further questioning. When the subject was searched, officers discovered he had packages of meth duct taped around his thighs. The drugs weighed just under 2 pounds, worth almost $6,000.
Officers seized the drugs and the vehicle, while the subjects were arrested and turned over to U.S. 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 and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.