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CBP Officers Arrest Montana Mother and Son for Marijuana Smuggling Attempt

Release Date: 
April 17, 2012

Lukeville, Ariz. - In a recent Tucson Customs and Border Protection drug bust, two Shepherd, Montana residents were arrested for allegedly attempting to smuggle nearly 1,200 pounds of marijuana through the Lukeville port of entry.

On April 16, CBP officers assigned to the Tucson Field Office referred 53-year-old Barbara Muhs and her 33-year-old son, Marvin Triggs, for a secondary inspection of their recreational vehicle as they attempted to enter the United States. When officers used a non-intrusive x-ray to inspect the RV, they noticed irregularities throughout the vehicle floor. A closer inspection revealed 50 packages of marijuana, valued at more than $588,000, hidden under the flooring.

When officers used a non-intrusive x-ray to inspect the RV, they found these 50 packages of marijuana, valued at more than $588,000, hidden under the flooring.

When officers used a non-intrusive x-ray to inspect the RV, they found these 50 packages of marijuana, valued at more than $588,000, hidden under the flooring.

The drugs and vehicle were processed for seizure. Both subjects were arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations.

Individuals arrested may be charged by complaint; however, the method by which a person is charged with criminal activity, raises 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.

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017