SAN LUIS, Ariz. - On Friday morning, officers at the pedestrian crossing referred a 24-year-old man from Visalia, California for further questioning. After a CBP canine alerted, officers searched the man and found more than two pounds of methamphetamine taped to his legs and groin area. Officers estimate the drugs to be worth approximately $6,200.
Saturday, officers referred a 48-year-old Mexican man for an additional search of his GMC van when he attempted to enter the United States. A CBP canine’s alert to the vehicle’s rear cargo area led to the discovery of almost 35 pounds of meth, worth close to $104,000.
Officers on Sunday referred a 38-year-old Phoenix woman for further inspection of her Ford sedan.
After a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the vehicle’s back seats, officers removed more than 30 pounds of meth worth in excess of $91,000.
Officers arrested all three subjects and turned them over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. The drugs and vehicles were seized.
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.