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Three attempt to smuggle marijuana at Lukeville Port

LUKEVILLE, Ariz. - Customs and Border Protection officers arrested three people for separate attempts to smuggle a combined 480 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $240,000 at the Port of Lukeville, Ariz. 

Officers referred a 63-year-old Scottsdale man for further inspection of his Ford motorhome as he attempted to enter the U.S. Friday evening. After a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted officers to a bed in the RV. Officers found close to 344 pounds of marijuana worth almost $172,000.

On Sunday afternoon, officers referred a 35-year-old Tucson woman for a secondary search of her Mercury sedan. A narcotics-detection canine located multiple packages of marijuana in the backseats and trunk. Officers removed more than 85 pounds of marijuana worth almost $43,000.

Later that afternoon, a 26-year-old woman from San Antonio, Texas, was escorted to a secondary search area for officers to search her Toyota sedan. A canine team helped officers find more than 50 pounds of marijuana, valued in excess of $25,000, in the trunk’s spare tire well and luggage.

Officers arrested all three subjects and turned them over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. Officers also seized the drugs and vehicles.


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