TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Lukeville arrested three people after finding $346,000 worth of marijuana from separate weekend seizures.
On Feb. 24, CBP officers referred a 23-year-old Phoenix woman driving a Chevy truck towing a boat, for further inspection. During questioning, the truck’s passenger, a 32-year-old woman from Leveen, Arizona, stated that the vehicle, boat and contents belonged to her. Upon further inspection with a CBP narcotics-detection canine, officers found nearly 600 pounds of marijuana, worth more than $288,000, in the boat.
On Feb. 26, while working a joint operation with Alliance to Combat Transnational Threats (ACTT) partners, officers referred a 20-year-old Mexican woman for further inspection of her Ford SUV and, again working with a canine team, found nearly 115 pounds of marijuana worth $58,000.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicles, while the subjects were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
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.