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CBP Officers in Lukeville Seize Load of Marijuana

Release Date: 
January 12, 2011

Lukeville, Arizona - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Lukeville Port of Entry arrested a Georgia man for attempting to smuggle more than 550 pounds of marijuana into the United States. The estimated value of the drugs is $471,165.

On January 10, at approximately 12:30 p.m., officers encountered a 60-year-old resident of Norcross, GA. attempting to enter the U.S. while driving a Ford F-350 truck. A CBP officer referred him to a secondary inspection, where a narcotics detector dog alerted to the trucks' external fuel tank. Upon closer examination of the vehicle and removal of the tank, officers located 5 metal boxes that were concealed in the tank. After opening the boxes, 555 pounds of marijuana were removed. The marijuana was seized, while the man was arrested and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for further investigation.

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CBP officers at the Lukeville Port of Entry arrested a Georgia man for attempting to smuggle more than 550 pounds of marijuana into the United States.  The estimated value of the drugs is $471,165.

CBP officers at the Lukeville Port of Entry arrested a Georgia man for attempting to smuggle more than 550 pounds of marijuana into the United States. The estimated value of the drugs is $471,165.

Field Operations is responsible for securing our borders at the ports of entry. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers' primary mission is anti-terrorism; they screen all people, vehicles, and goods entering the United States, while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel into and out of the United States. Their mission also includes carrying out traditional border-related responsibilities, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration law, protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases, and enforcing trade laws.

While anti-terrorism is the primary mission of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the inspection process at the ports of entry associated with this mission results in impressive numbers of enforcement actions in all categories.

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017