TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Lukeville arrested four U.S. citizens and seized more than 2,800 pounds of marijuana during two Easter weekend smuggling attempts.
On Saturday, a 55-year-old man from Glendale, Arizona, traveling with a 58-year-old female passenger from Phoenix, was referred for a secondary inspection of his motorhome. A CBP narcotics-detection canine then led officers to find multiple marijuana bundles, weighing more than 2,600 pounds and valued in excess of $1.3 million.
The following day, officers referred a 40-year-old man from Green Valley, Arizona, and his 24-year-old female passenger for further inspection of his Ford truck. With the aid of a narcotics-detection canine, officers found more than 150 pounds of marijuana, worth almost $77,000, within the truck’s bed.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicles, and turned the 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.