Lukeville, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Field Operations officers at the Lukeville port of entry seized more than 324 pounds of marijuana with a street value of more than $728,000 and arrested one person.
On Wednesday, April 7, a 1998 Chevrolet Cheyenne P/U driven by a 28-year-old man from Mexico arrived at the Lukeville port of entry from Mexico. The primary officer, screening vehicles and persons entering the country, referred the vehicle to secondary inspection based on discrepancies with the vehicle and inconsistencies with answers to routine questions.
CBP officers at secondary, assisted by a narcotics detector canine and other inspectional tools, discovered 76 packages concealed in a propane tank on the bed of the truck but not attached. The officers removed more than 324 pounds of marijuana and arrested the driver. The vehicle and marijuana were seized and the driver was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agents for further investigation. ICE agents deferred the case to the Pima County Sheriff's Office.
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.