TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a Phoenix couple for attempting to smuggle nearly 461 pounds of marijuana through the Port of Lukeville on May 31.
Officers referred Matthew Scott Carlill, 31, and his 33-year-old bride, for a secondary inspection of their Chevrolet SUV. The couple told officers they were returning from Rocky Point, Sonora, Mexico, where they were on their honeymoon. A CBP narcotics-detection canine then alerted officers to the trailer they were towing, where they found 22 packages of marijuana, weighing nearly 461 pounds and worth more than $230,000.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicle, and referred Carlill to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, while the female subject 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.