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Phoenix man arrested for smuggling over a ton of marijuana
Published On: 02-09-2018 in Category: drug trafficking
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers stationed at the Port of Lukeville, 151 miles southwest of Tucson, recently arrested a 55-year-old man on charges of trafficking marijuana. After pulling over the middle-aged Phoenix man for inspection, a sniffer dog alerted the officers to the vehicle he was driving. A thorough search led to the seizure of 120 bundles of marijuana stashed in the floors, walls and storage compartments of the vehicle.
According to a CBP release, the bundles weighed about 2,248 pounds (1,019 kilograms) and were estimated at a street value of $1,244,000, making it the second largest seizure of weed in the history of Port of Lukeville. The arrested man was allegedly attempting to smuggle the marijuana consignment into Arizona. CBP officers later handed him over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
CBP authorities observed a notable 212 percent increase over a five-year period when they seized 44,065 pounds in FY 2017. In 2012, they reported a total seizure of 14,131 pounds of methamphetamine at the ports of entry.
In recent years, Arizona state ports of entry (POEs) have become important entry points for large amounts of marijuana, heroin, fentanyl and other controlled substances to enter U.S. territory. According to experts, Mexican drug trafficking organizations, especially Sinaloa cartel, control the movement of drugs into and throughout the state of Arizona. Once the drugs enter the U.S., they are transported to the numerous stash houses in the Tucson or Phoenix areas, before heading to markets within the state or in other cities such as Denver, Chicago, New York City and Detroit.
Marijuana is a harmful substance
Though several U.S. states have legalized marijuana, it is important to remember that its use in any form is accompanied by several health hazards. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has categorized marijuana as a Schedule I drug, the highest rank as defined by the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), so far, pharmacologists have not conducted extensive clinical trials to determine the medicinal value of marijuana, which could outweigh the possible health risks.
Some of the common outcomes of marijuana use disorder include cognitive impairments, poor motor skills, accelerated heart rate, anxiety, amnesia and distorted perception. In order to control the sky-rocketing numbers of illicit marijuana grow houses nationwide, marijuana legalization is on the agenda of several states. But unfortunately, marijuana advocates fail to recognize the serious impact of the drug on physical as well as mental health. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an estimated 24 million Americans aged 12 or older in 2016 were current users of marijuana.
Leading a marijuana-free life
If you or your loved one is battling addiction to marijuana or any other substance, seek treatment immediately. The Phoenix Drug Treatment and Rehab Center can help you avail one of the best addiction treatment programs and embark on your journey to sobriety. You may call at our 24/7 helpline number 480-696-5152 for more information on different treatment options in your vicinity.