TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a Phoenix woman for allegedly attempting to smuggle nearly 13 pounds of cocaine through the Port of Lukeville Sunday (July 19).
Officers referred Anett Pikula, 39, to a secondary inspection of her Mercedes Benz coupe. A CBP narcotics-detection canine then alerted to the vehicle’s firewall where officers found multiple packages of cocaine, valued at almost $134,000, behind a false compartment in both front quarter panels.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicle, arrested and turned Pikula over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. Her passenger was released without further incident.
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.