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Lukeville CBP Officers Seize 274 Pounds of Marijuana; Buckeye Man Arrested

Release Date: 
May 16, 2012

Lukeville, Ariz. - A 50-year-old male resident of Buckeye, Ariz., was arrested Tuesday for attempting to smuggle nearly 274 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $137,000, into the United States through the Lukeville Port.

Customs and Border Protection officers from the Tucson Field Office referred the man for a secondary inspection of his recreational vehicle. During the secondary inspection, officers found numerous bundles of marijuana hidden inside the RV's water and septic tanks.

CBP officers in Lukeville, Ariz. seize 274 pounds of marijuana from RV's water and septic tanks.

CBP officers in Lukeville, Ariz. seize 274 pounds of marijuana from RV's water and septic tanks.

The vehicle and drugs were processed for seizure. The man was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

"Between October and March, more than 1,100 pounds of marijuana were seized here" said Lukeville Acting Port Director Bonnie Arellano. "However, since April 1, we have seized more than 1,400 pounds of marijuana with an estimated value exceeding $720,000."

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017