Lukeville CBP officers seize $88,000 in marijuana

Daniel Dominguez

Lukeville CBP officers seize $88,000 in marijuana

CREATED Apr. 25, 2013

LUKEVILLE, Ariz. - Two people were arrested this week at the Port of Lukeville in connection with failed drug-smuggling attempts.

According to Customs and Border Protection officers, Arturo Calvillo, 37, a Mexican national, was referred for additional inspection on Wednesday, for his Chrysler sedan when he applied for entry at the border.

Officers found 127 bricks of marijuana weighing nearly 100 pounds and worth an estimated $49,800 during the inspection.

Calvillo has now been turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

Agents in Lukeville also referred Maria Teresa Gerra, 37, of Tucson, Ariz., on Tuesday for an additional inspection of her Ford SUV when she applied to enter the United States.

Officers then located 49 packages of marijuana in an ice chest and spare tire during the search. Gerra was turned over to Pima County Sheriff's deputies, along with her vehicle and marijuana, worth an estimated $38,000.