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Lukeville CBP Canine Sniffs Out Drugs in Trailer

December 16, 2016

LUKEVILLE, Arizona – On Tuesday, December 13, U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Field Operations officers seized almost 42 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $21,000 at Arizona’s Port of Lukeville. After CBP officers selected a Ford truck pulling a flatbed trailer for a secondary inspection, a narcotics-detection canine alerted to the trailer.


When officers disassembled the trailer, they discovered packages of marijuana beneath the wood planks.

Officers arrested the 43-year old Phoenix driver and processed the vehicle, trailer, and drugs for seizure. The driver, a Mexican national, was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

All persons, drugs and vehicles are processed per Yuma Sector guidelines. Federal law allows agents to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows the filing of charges for criminal activity without inferring guilt.

Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents effectively combat smuggling organizations attempting to illegally transport people and contraband through southwestern Arizona and California. Citizens can help the Border Patrol and U.S. Customs and Border Protection by calling 1-866-999-8727 toll-free to report suspicious activity. Callers can remain anonymous.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP strives to keep terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

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