Two U.S. Citizens Caught Smuggling Marijuana into U.S.
TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Lukeville arrested a 58-year-old Arizona man and his 54-year-old female passenger Monday evening after finding marijuana inside their vehicle.
Officers referred the California man’s vehicle to secondary inspection after the pair applied to return to the United States from Mexico. A CBP canine alerted to an odor it was trained to detect, leading officers to an ice chest where they discovered nearly 23 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $11,000.
Officers arrested the subjects and turned them over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. The drugs and the 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.