Lukeville Port Officers Catch Marijuana Smugglers
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.
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.
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.