Lukeville, Ariz. -
Local U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers are credited with stopping two separate smuggling attempts Wednesday in southern Arizona, resulting in the seizure of nearly 217 pounds of marijuana.
Officers assigned to the Lukeville Port of entry referred 46-year-old Eric Christopher Hansen of Phoenix, for additional inspection of his Dodge sedan when he applied for entry at the border. During the inspection, CBP officers located 76 packages of marijuana hidden throughout the vehicle.
A few hours later, 42-year-old Dusti Jo Hall, also of Phoenix, was referred for additional inspection of her Chevrolet SUV. During the inspection, officers located 48 packages of marijuana in the spare tire and in two ice chests on the back of the vehicle.
In both cases, the drugs and vehicles were seized and the subjects were referred for prosecution.
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.
CBP officers working Arizona's ports of entry are assigned to Tucson's Office of Field Operations and are responsible for securing the nation's borders. Although their primary mission is anti-terrorism, they must screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the U.S. while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes carrying out traditional border-related duties such as narcotics interdiction; enforcing immigration law; protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases; and enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.
All CBP assets in Arizona were realigned under a unified command structure in February 2011. Joint Field Command - Arizona unifies the Tucson and Yuma Border Patrol Sectors and Air Branches, as well as the Tucson Field Office, to enhance border security, commercial enforcement and trade facilitation missions to meet Arizona's unique challenges. Follow us on Twitter @CBPArizona for more information.
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.