TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations, officers arrested a Mexican national for an alleged attempt to smuggle nearly 2,000 pounds of marijuana through the Port of San Luis on Wednesday.
Officers referred a 26-year-old San Luis, Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico, for additional inspection of the tractor trailer as he attempted to enter the U.S. Wednesday afternoon. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to a scent it was trained to detect coming from the trailer, which was empty at the time. The ensuing search led to the discovery of nearly 170 packages within the roof of the trailer that weighed more than 1,995 pounds, and have an estimated value of nearly $998,000.
Officers seized the drugs and the vehicle, while the subject was arrested and then 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.