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Canines Help CBP Officers Find $229K in Drugs

Release Date: 
July 6, 2016

TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Lukeville arrested three people earlier this week after finding nearly 252 pounds of marijuana and cocaine during two separate seizures.

Nearly 10 pounds of cocaine were removed from the drive shaft of a smuggling vehicle that was referred for a secondary inspection on July 1
Nearly 10 pounds of cocaine were removed
from the drive shaft of a smuggling vehicle
that was referred for a secondary
inspection on July 1

Officers first referred a 29-year-old Mexican national for a secondary inspection of his Chevy SUV on July 1. During the search, a narcotics-detection canine from the Pima County Sheriff’s Office alerted to the vehicle’s drive shaft containing nearly 10 pounds of cocaine, valued at close to $108,000.

On July 4, a CBP narcotics-detection canine helped officers find more than 242 pounds of marijuana, valued in excess of $121,000, in the rear cargo area of a Hyundai SUV. Officers arrested the driver, a 29-year-old woman, and her 22-year-old male passenger. Both are from Tucson.

Officers seized the drugs and vehicles, and turned all subjects over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017