Monday, October 24, 2011

Douglas CBP Officers Prevent Ammunition Smuggling Attempt

Douglas, Ariz. — Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Tucson Field Office, a component of CBP’s Joint Field Command – Arizona, arrested a Mexican woman yesterday for attempting to smuggle 200 rounds of ammunition out of the United States.

Officers conducting routine outbound operations at the Douglas Port referred the 30-year-old Agua Prieta, Sonora, woman for secondary inspection of her GMC truck as she attempted to enter Mexico. When officers searched the subject, rounds of ammunition began falling from her clothing. Two hundred rounds of 9-mm and .45-caliber ammunition were removed from her waistband. The woman was arrested and the ammunition was processed for seizure. 

Individuals arrested are charged with a criminal complaint, which raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. 

CBP announced the JFC-AZ in February 2011 as an organizational realignment that brings together the Tucson and Yuma Border Patrol Sectors and Air Branches, as well as the Tucson Field Office, under a unified command structure. JFC-AZ integrates CBP’s border security, commercial enforcement and trade facilitation missions to more effectively meet the unique challenges faced in Arizona. Follow us on Twitter @CBPArizona or visit the Arizona website for more information. ( Joint Field Command Arizona

CBP's Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Homeland Security tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation’s ports. OFO 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.