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CBP Officers Seize $51,000 Worth of Marijuana at Arizona Border Crossing

Release Date: 
July 16, 2013

LUKEVILLE, ARIZ.—A 55-year-old man from Camp Verde, Ariz., was arrested Sunday for attempting to smuggle more than 102 pounds of marijuana through the Port of Lukeville.

 

CBP offiers at the Lukeville, Ariz. port of entry discovered marijuana hidden in this vehicles spare tire and throughout the vehicle.

CBP offiers at the Lukeville, Ariz. port of entry discovered marijuana hidden in this vehicles spare tire and throughout the vehicle.

Customs and Border Protection officers selected Philip Daniel Copas for a secondary inspection of the Chevrolet van he was driving. During the inspection, officers found 63 bundles of marijuana, valued at a combined $51,000, throughout the vehicle and in the spare tire.

Copas was referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations. The drugs and vehicle were seized.

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

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017