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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers Seize 630 Pounds of Marijuana

Release Date: 
February 16, 2011

Lukeville, Arizona - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a man attempting to cross into the United States with more than 630 pounds of marijuana concealed inside the bed of a truck.

"Customs and Border Protection officers are working hard everyday to prevent criminal activity and keep our citizens safe," said Acting Port Director Rick Apple. "Our first-rate officers do their very best to stop drugs and contraband from entering the United States."

The driver, a 35-year-old U.S. citizen, was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for prosecution.

CBP officers at the Port of Lukeville, Ariz. discovered 630 pounds of marijuana hidden in the bed of a pickup truck.

At approximately 6:30 a.m. Monday, during routine screening of vehicle and travelers crossing from Mexican into the United States through the Port of Lukeville, a CBP officer encountered a 35-year-old driver, along with his wife and several children, applying for entry in a 2007 Toyota Tundra. The officer became suspicious of the driver's vehicle after noticing abnormalities with the bed of the truck and sent the vehicle in for an inspection. The intensive inspection revealed packages of marijuana concealed in the bed of the truck.

Officers seized 304 packages of marijuana, weighing more than 630 pounds. The driver, a United States citizen, was arrested and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for further investigation and prosecution. The passengers were released.

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017