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Lukeville Port Officers Catch Marijuana Smugglers

Release Date: 
December 11, 2017

TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Lukeville arrested two Glendale, Ariz. residents for separate attempts to smuggle more than 600 pounds of marijuana.

A CBP canine led officers to more than 500 pounds of marijuana inside of a closed in trailer
A CBP canine led officers to more than
500 pounds of marijuana inside of a
closed in trailer

Friday afternoon, officers referred a 47-year-old man for further inspection of his Ford SUV towing a trailer as he attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico. A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted officers to the front interior wall, where they found almost 522 pounds of marijuana worth nearly $261,000.

Sunday afternoon, officers referred a 58-year-old Glendale, Ariz. woman for a further search of her Dodge minivan. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs throughout the vehicle. Multiple packages of marijuana with a weight of nearly 81 pounds and worth more than $40,000 were seized.

Both subjects were arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, while officers seized the drugs and vehicle.

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December 12, 2017