Lukeville, Ariz. - As a result of two separate drug-smuggling attempts at the Lukeville port of entry on Sunday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized more than 2,773 pounds of marijuana and arrested five people.
The first failed smuggling attempted happened early in the morning, just before 9 a.m., when officers encountered the driver and two passengers of a Ford F-350 pulling a recreational vehicle trailer. The vehicle and occupants were referred for a thorough inspection when a CBP officer questioning the driver became suspicious.
To assist with the inspection, officers used a narcotics detection dog named "Mike" to screen both the truck and trailer. When "Mike" alerted to narcotics odor coming from the trailer, officers searched and found compartments that, when opened, revealed 52 bundles of marijuana.
The truck, trailer, and more than 1,306 pounds of marijuana were seized. The driver and two occupants, both US citizens from Phoenix, were turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for further investigation.
The second attempt happened around 4 p.m., when officers screening travelers and vehicles entering the country questioned the driver and occupant of a Dodge pickup pulling a trailer. When the officer became suspicious during the initial questioning, the vehicle and occupants were sent in for an inspection. During the inspection, officers discovered a false floor in the trailer containing 64 bundles of marijuana.
The truck, trailer, and almost 1,467 pounds of marijuana were seized. The driver and passenger, both U.S. citizens from Peoria, were turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for further investigation.
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.