Lukeville, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Lukeville Port of Entry arrested two women on separate narcotic smuggling cases in the last few days.
"The officers demonstrate their dedication to the CBP mission through their enforcement efforts," said Acting Port Director Efrain Solis Jr. "They do great work!"
On May 17, CBP officers processing travelers applying for entry into the United States encountered a 40-year-old woman driving a Ford F-150 truck. The officers during the primary interview noticed discrepancies in the vehicle and escorted the woman into the office.
The vehicle was inspected and found to have approximately 428 pounds of marijuana in the truck bed. The woman was immediately arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
On May 18, the second smuggling case occurred when a 42-year-old woman driving a Dodge Durango was found to have 121 pounds of marijuana in her car. Officers noticed her odd behavior and during the search found marijuana packages in the quarter panels and doors of the sport utility vehicle.
The woman, marijuana, and vehicle were turned over to the Pima County Sheriff's Department.
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.