CBP Officers Intercept Nearly $310K in Drugs

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Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 12:00 am

Douglas Dispatch

A 40-year-old Mexican national and an 18-year-old Tucson woman were arrested August 14 in connection with separate attempts to smuggle drugs through the Douglas port of entry.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested Jorge Enrique Diaz-Lopez after a narcotics detection canine alerted officers to eight packages of heroin hidden under the backseat of his Nissan truck. The drugs weighed nearly 18 pounds and had an estimated value of $244,147.

An 18-year-old woman was arrested later that evening after officers located 137 packages of marijuana hidden throughout the Lincoln sedan she was driving. The narcotics, weighing 147 pounds with an estimated value $66,290, were hidden in the trunk, rear quarter panels, inside the front and rear seats, the engine compartment and front bumper.

Diaz and the Tucson woman were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. The drugs and vehicles in both cases were processed for seizure.

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.

CBP officers working at Arizona’s ports are assigned to the Office of Field Operations, the primary organization within Customs and Border Protection tasked with an anti-terrorism mission. 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.

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