Criminal Justice News

Monday, July 09, 2012

San Luis CBP Officers Seize Meth, Marijuana


Drugs valued at nearly $312,000

San Luis, Ariz. — A 38-year-old local woman and a 22-year-old Yuma man were arrested this week for attempting to smuggle narcotics into the United States through the San Luis Port of Entry. 

San Luis resident Laura Luisa Rivas was attempting to enter the United States yesterday when Customs and Border Protection officers referred her for inspection. Following a narcotics detection canine alert for drugs inside the vehicle, officers located 15 packages of methamphetamine in the vehicle frame. The drugs, weighing more than 18 pounds, had an estimated value exceeding $281,000.

Yuma resident Jose Manuel Alvarez was arrested Tuesday for attempting to smuggle nearly 61 pounds of marijuana through the port.

Customs and Border Protection officers referred Alvarez for a secondary inspection of his Chevrolet truck. A routine check of the vehicle led to the discovery of 22 packages of marijuana, weighing nearly 61 pounds and valued at more than $30,000, inside a spare tire.

The drugs and vehicles in both cases were processed for seizure. The subjects were arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’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.

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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