TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Lukeville stopped a 49-year-old Phoenix woman attempting to smuggle nearly 179 pounds of marijuana into the United States on Sunday afternoon.
After officers referred the woman for further inspection of her Dodge van, a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the rear of the vehicle where officers found 10 packages of marijuana worth more than $89,000.
Officers arrested the woman for narcotics smuggling and turned her over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. The drugs and vehicle were seized.
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.