Lukeville, Ariz. - Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Tucson Field Office, a component of CBP's Joint Field Command-Arizona, seized a shipment of crystal methamphetamine Friday valued at nearly $170,000.
CBP officers at the Lukeville Port referred a 40-year-old Tempe man for a secondary inspection of his Dodge sedan when he attempted to enter the United States from Mexico. An X-ray of the vehicle revealed an anomaly in the floorboard of the vehicle. The sedan was then taken to a vehicle ramp where officers discovered a non-factory compartment containing seven packages of methamphetamine weighing approximately 11 pounds. The drugs and vehicle were seized. The man was referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations.
CBP announced the JFC-AZ in February 2011 as an organizational realignment that brings together the Tucson and Yuma Border Patrol Sectors and Air Branches, as well as the Tucson Field Office, under a unified command structure. JFC-AZ integrates CBP's border security, commercial enforcement and trade facilitation missions to more effectively meet the unique challenges faced in Arizona. Follow us on Twitter @CBPArizona.
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.