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Lukeville Canines Continue to Produce Results

December 21, 2016

LUKEVILLE, Arizona – On Friday, December 16, U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Field Operations officers seized 184 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $91,000 over the weekend at Arizona’s Port of Lukeville. After CBP officers selected a Ford sedan for a secondary inspection, a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the inside of the trunk and behind the back seats.

The 22-year-old driver, from Yuma was taken into custody and officers removed packages from the vehicle which weighed 60 pounds and are worth $30,000.

On Sunday, officers referred an Infiniti sedan being driven by a 45-year-old Tucson man for further inspection. A canine alert to the back doors and rocker panels, led to the discovery and removal of 124 pounds of marijuana, worth $62,000.

The drugs and vehicles have been seized. The subjects, both U.S. citizens, were 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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