Douglas, Ariz. — A female resident of Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico was arrested on August 28, for allegedly attempting to smuggle nearly $70,000 worth of marijuana through the Douglas port of entry.
Customs and Border Protection officers referred Rosalva Avilez Teran, 23, for inspection of her Pontiac sedan when she attempted to enter the United States. After a CBP narcotics canine alerted to the presence of drugs, officers located nearly 140 pounds of marijuana throughout the vehicle.
The drugs and vehicle were seized. Teran was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement- Homeland Security Investigations agents.
Individuals arrested may be charged by complaint, the method by which a person is charged with criminal activity raising 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.
The CBP Office of Field Operations is the primary organization tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation’s ports of entry. 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.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) 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 the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.