TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Lukeville arrested three Arizona men Aug. 27 after finding 579 pounds of marijuana, valued at close to $290,000, during two smuggling attempts.
Officers first referred a 44-year-old Scottsdale resident and his 41-year-old passenger, a Phoenix resident, a secondary inspection of a Ford SUV towing a tent camper. During the inspection, officers uncovered more than 352 pounds of marijuana, valued at $176,000, concealed within a non-factory compartment built into the camper trailer.
Officers later referred a 32-year-old Phoenix man for further inspection of his Dodge truck and found nearly 227 pounds of marijuana, worth almost $113,500, within the truck’s bed.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicles, and turned the subjects over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
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.