LUKEVILLE, Ariz. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection Field Operations officers seized more than 90 pounds of marijuana and five weapons in separate incidents Saturday at the Port of Lukeville.
Officers referred Nicolas Rodriguez Morales, 39, of Sonoyta, Mexico, for a secondary inspection of his 2006 Buick when he attempted to enter the U.S. After a CBP canine alerted to the vehicle for possible narcotics, officers found more than 90 pounds of marijuana hidden throughout the vehicle. Officers estimated the drugs to be worth almost $50,000.
Also on Saturday, officers intercepted and referred a 2008 Malibu for an outbound, secondary inspection and discovered several handguns, automatic weapons and ammunition. Officers arrested the driver, Julian Higuera, 26, a U.S. citizen from Phoenix.
Officers turned both suspects over to U.S Homeland Security Investigations.
“Any weapons seizure is significant,” said Garret Reinhart, the port’s chief of staff. “As a result, these weapons will not make it into the hands of people seeking to cause harm upon our society.
CBP works alongside partners like Mexican customs and other U.S. local, state and federal agencies to stop these illegal smuggling activities.”
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.