LUKEVILLE, ARIZ.—An 18-year-old Glendale, Ariz., man was arrested Saturday for attempting to smuggle more than 137 pounds of marijuana through the Port of Lukeville.
Customs and Border Protection officers selected the teen for a secondary inspection of his Saturn sedan. After a CBP narcotic detection canine alerted to luggage in the trunk, officers found five bundles of marijuana valued at $68,530.
The subject 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.
The Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within CBP tasked with an anti-terrorism mission. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the U.S. while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes narcotics interdiction; enforcing immigration and trade laws; and protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.
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.
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.