CBP Seizes $5M Worth of Marijuana in Four Cases
Lukeville, Ariz - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers (CBP) at the Lukeville port of entry have seized over $5 million worth of marijuana totaling almost 600 pounds since Friday from failed drug smuggling attempts.
On May 7th alone, CBP officers encountered three failed marijuana smuggling attempts. The first attempt was by a 28-year-old man driving a Chevrolet dually truck where packages of marijuana were discovered in the truck bed walls and the mounted tires. The marijuana weighed approximately 149 pounds and was seized along with the vehicle.
The second was attempted by a 56-year- old Phoenix resident driving a Dodge Durango where packages of marijuana were discovered in the gas tank. The marijuana weighed more than 105 pounds and was seized along with the vehicle.
The third attempt was by a 28-year-old woman driving a Chevrolet Suburban along with her two juvenile passengers where metal boxes of compressed marijuana were discovered in the gas tank. The marijuana weighed approximately 225 pounds and was seized along with the vehicle.
Another failed drug smuggling attempt occurred on May 9th at approximately 4:00 p.m. when a 21-year-old man driving a Jeep Cherokee who was accompanied by a passenger was found to have 97 packages of marijuana in the gas tank. The marijuana weighed more than 106 pounds and was seized along with the vehicle.
"The officers successes have been proven through these significant seizures because of their collaborated team efforts," said Acting Port Director Luz Galarza. "The front line officers and the narcotic detector dog teams see their hard work paying off."
In all four cases the drivers were taken into custody and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
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