LUKEVILLE, Ariz. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection Field Operations officers seized almost 400 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $196,000, earlier this week at Arizona’s Port of Lukeville.
After CBP officers selected a Hyundai SUV for a secondary inspection on Nov. 13, a narcotics-detection canine alerted to the vehicle’s rear cargo area containing more than 314 pounds of marijuana. Officers arrested the 47-year-old driver from Wellsburg, West Virginia.
On Veteran’s Day (Nov. 11), officers arrested a 25-year-old Mexican man and his 24-year-old Mexican female passenger after finding more than 78 pounds of marijuana within the dashboard and gas tank of their Ford SUV.
Officers processed the vehicles and drugs for seizure, and referred the subjects 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.