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CBP Seizes $77K Worth of Marijuana

Release Date: 
September 3, 2014

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.

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021