Border Patrol officers seize more than $218K in meth; sex offender arrested in separate incident

By SoAzNewsX

Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a male U.S. citizen early Saturday after finding nearly 73 pounds of methamphetamine in his vehicle during a secondary inspection at Arizona’s Port of San Luis.

Officers located multiple bricks of meth, exceeding $218,000 in street value, after a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the trunk of a Toyota Camry driven by a 46-year-old man residing in San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico, according to a news release.

CBP officers arrested the man for narcotics smuggling and seized the vehicle and drugs. The man was turned 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 the 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.

Meanwhile, on Friday, Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Brian A. Terry Station arrested a sex offender found guilty of crimes against a child, after he illegally entered the United States near Sierra Vista.

Ismael Morales-Hernandez

Agents encountered 42-year-old Ismael Morales-Hernandez, a Mexican national, shortly after he illegally crossed into the United States. After transporting Morales to their station for processing, agents conducted a records check and learned he was convicted in 2003 for “Lewd or Lascivious Acts with a Child Under 14-Years of Age” in Monterey, California.

Morales is being held on criminal immigration violations.

All persons apprehended by the Border Patrol undergo criminal history checks using biometrics to ensure illegal immigrants with criminal histories are positively identified.


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