A 16 year old girl has been arrested after federal officials claim she tried to smuggle nearly 200 pounds of Marijuana through the port of Lukeville south of Ajo.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection says the teen and two women, ages 23 and 24, were inside a Volkswagen sedan when inspectors wanted a closer look after a narcotics canine alert them to the presence of drugs.
Officers then located and removed 12 packages of marijuana worth worth an estimated $92,550. Officers processed the drugs and vehicle for seizure, and referred the three subjects 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.