TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations, officers arrested a Glendale resident attempting to smuggle more than 92 pounds of methamphetamine through the Port of San Luis, June 2.
CBP officers referred a 21-year-old United States citizen for additional inspection of his Toyota SUV as he attempted to enter the U.S. Sunday afternoon. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to a scent it was trained to detect coming from the vehicle, a search led officers to several packages concealed throughout the SUV. The drugs were identified as more than 92 pounds with an estimated street value in excess of $276,000.
Officers seized the drugs and the vehicle. 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 the Department of 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.