BP: Tucson woman caught with 60 pounds of meth

BP: Tucson woman caught with 60 pounds of meth
(Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

NOGALES, AZ (Tucson News Now) - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona's Port of Nogales apprehended a Tucson woman involved in an unsuccessful attempt to smuggle more than 60 pounds of methamphetamine into the United States Wednesday.

Officers working at the Mariposa Crossing referred a 23-year-old woman for further inspection of her Nissan hatchback last night. A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to an odor it was trained to detect, resulting in drugs being identified within the quarter panels and firewall. Nearly 61 pounds of meth were seized, worth more than $182,400.

Officers seized the drugs and vehicle, and turned the arrested subject over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

Federal law allows officers to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows for 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.