LUKEVILLE, Ariz. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers discovered more than 155 pounds of marijuana concealed in a vehicle during a secondary inspection at the Lukeville port of entry, Sept. 1.
Officers referred Noe Ortiz, 49, and a female passenger for a secondary inspection of the Dodge pick-up truck Ortiz was driving. During the search, officers and a canine team found 205 packages of marijuana concealed in the center hump and firewall of the vehicle.
Officers seized the drugs, valued in excess of $77,000, and the vehicle. Ortiz was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. The passenger was released.
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.