TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested two men recently, a Mexican national and a U.S. citizen, at Arizona’s Port of Lukeville in connection with separate alleged attempts to smuggle almost 216 pounds of marijuana.
A 41-year-old Gila Bend man and his two passengers were referred for a secondary inspection of his Dodge van Wednesday morning. During the inspection, officers found multiple packages of marijuana, weighing more than 150 pounds combined and valued in excess of $75,000.
On April 8, officers referred a 23-year-old Mexican man for further search of his Jeep SUV and located almost 66 pounds of marijuana, values at nearly $33,000, in the vehicle’s roof area, quarter panels, and gas tank.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicles, and turned both suspects over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
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.