Criminal Justice News

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Lukeville CBP Officers Arrest Local Man for Drug Smuggling

Lukeville, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Lukeville port of entry arrested a 33-year-old male resident of Ajo, Ariz., on June 28, for attempting to smuggle more than 102 pounds of marijuana into the United States.

CBP officers referred the man for inspection of his Toyota van. During secondary inspection, officers found 81 packages of marijuana worth an estimated $51,000 throughout the vehicle.

The vehicle and drugs were processed for seizure. The subject was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-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 nation’s ports of entry. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles, and goods entering the United States, while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. This mission also includes 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.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

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