TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a Tucson couple for allegedly attempting to smuggle nearly 532 pounds of marijuana through the Port of Lukeville on July 6.
Officers referred Alfredo Martinez-Martinez, 25, and Martha Martinez-Martinez, 20, both legal permanent resident aliens living in Tucson, for a secondary inspection of their Dodge truck and trailer-in-tow. A CBP narcotics-detection canine then alerted officers to the trailer where they found multiple packages of marijuana, valued at almost $266,000, behind a false compartment within the nose of the trailer.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicle, and turned both 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.