Lukeville, Ariz. - U. S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Lukeville port of entry wrapped up a busy weekend by preventing 342 pounds of marijuana from entering the United States on three separate events and a total of six arrests.
The first seizure occurred on Sunday, December 6, at 11 a.m., when CBP officers conducting routine inspections of travelers and vehicles entering the United States selected a 1995 Ford Explorer and driver for exam. When examined, CBP officers utilized high tech x-ray equipment and detected several anomalies within the gas tank. The officers saw a metal box inside the gas tank. CBP officers utilized a narcotic detection dog who alerted to the presence of narcotics in the gas tank. The gas tank was removed and three metal boxes were discovered inside the tank. CBP officers removed the three boxes and opened them. Inside each box was one package of marijuana. The approximate weight of the narcotic was 127 pounds.
Later the same day, at approximately 3:30 p.m., CBP officers discovered 93 bundles of marijuana floating inside the gas tank of a 2004 Jeep Cherokee. CBP officers removed the marijuana from the gas tank. All occupants were citizens of Mexico or the United States and ranged in age from 20 to 54 years old.
In both cases the narcotics and vehicles was seized and subjects were turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for further investigation.
Earlier in the day U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers were screening traffic leaving the United States. Officers selected a 2009 Ford Expedition being driving by a 32-year-old Mexican citizen and three occupants. Two of the occupants were unable to produce documentation and it was determined they were illegally in the United States. Both were taken into custody and processed as immigration violators. Also discovered was a total of $16,650 in undeclared currency.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.