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.
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.
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.