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Lukeville CBP Officers Seize $196K in Marijuana

Release Date: 
November 17, 2016

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.

An alert by a CBP narcotics detection canine led officers to the discovery of more than 78 pounds of marijuana inside of the fuel tank of a smuggling vehicle
An alert by a CBP narcotics detection
canine led officers to the discovery of
more than 78 pounds of marijuana inside
of the fuel tank of a smuggling vehicle

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017