U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Port of Douglas arrested Carlota Margaret Bene, 18, of Mesa, after discovering nearly 151 pounds of marijuana throughout her Dodge SUV on May 1, according to a press release.
Officers seized the marijuana, worth more than $75,000, and the vehicle. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations took custody of the suspect.
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.
CBP’s Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Homeland Security tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at the nation’s ports. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the U.S. 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 is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with management, control and protection of the nation’s borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP’s primary mission is to keep terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.
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