San Luis, Ariz.Â â€“ Two local residents and a Mexican national who lives in California are in custody in connection with separate failed attempts to smuggle $641,000 in meth and heroin into the United States through the Port of San Luis this weekend.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred a 22-year-old Wellton, Ariz. woman for inspection of the Nissan truck when she attempted to enter the U.S. on Friday. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs inside the vehicleâ€™s battery area, officers removed nearly 14 pounds of heroin valued at more than $184,000.
A short time earlier on Friday, officers referred a 17-year-old teen from San Luis, Ariz., for additional inspection when he attempted to cross the U.S. border through the pedestrian lanes. When officers performed a routine search of the subject, they removed nearly three pounds of heroin valued at nearly $36,000 taped around the teenâ€™s thighs.
On Saturday, officers referred a Mexican woman who currently lives in Winterhaven, Calif., for inspection of her Oldsmobile sedan when she attempted to enter the U.S. After a narcotics detection canine alerted to the back seats, officers removed 26 packages of methamphetamine weighing more than 27 pounds with an estimated value of more than $421,000.
The drugs and vehicles were seized. The three subjects were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcementâ€™s Homeland Security Investigations.
Individuals arrested may be charged by complaint, the method by which a person is charged with criminal activity, which raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
The Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within CBP tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nationâ€™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.