U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents seized $700,000 worth of drugs along the border of Mexico in Arizona and California. Authorities say that smugglers were trying to bring 130 pounds worth of drugs into the country from Mexico. The arrests and drug seizures happened at the Port of San Luis in California and the Port of Nogales in Arizona.
Suspects Allegedly Hid Drugs Inside Gas Tank, Spare Tire and Car Seat
In one of the incidents on Friday, border officials arrested a Mexican man after he tried to smuggle more than 60 pounds of drugs across the border in his Ford truck. The 23-year-old man was allegedly found to be carrying methamphetamine with a value of $181,000 in his gas tank.
Officers also arrested three Mexican women on Saturday and Sunday at the Port of Nogales. Authorities say that the women were carrying over 71 pounds of methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine, which carried a value of as much as $522,000. The drugs were found inside a spare tire and inside the back seat of the vehicles being driven by two of the women. The third woman had drugs in her clothing as she tried to cross the border by foot. In all of the cases, the drugs were found by a drug-sniffing dog.
All of the drugs and vehicles seized in the incidents were turned over to investigators with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security wing. As of last Monday, the suspects were still in custody but charges had yet to be issued.
Suspects Will Remain Innocent Until Proven Guilty
In these drug seizure cases, it is important to keep in mind that the arrested individuals will remain innocent until proven otherwise beyond a reasonable doubt in court. Indeed, even non-U.S. citizens are protected by the rule of law when arrested by U.S. officials. As such, each of the people accused in this case will have the right to a criminal defense and legal representation, and they will not face punishment until -- and only if -- they are proved to be guilty in court.
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