3 Arizona residents detained for smuggling at Port of Lukeville

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By Matthew Seeman By Matthew Seeman
By Matthew Seeman By Matthew Seeman
By Matthew Seeman By Matthew Seeman
By Matthew Seeman By Matthew Seeman

LUKEVILLE, Ariz. -- Customs and Border officers arrested three Arizona residents on Sunday in connection with two failed smuggling attempts, according to authorities.

In the first incident, officers had referred a motor home passing through the Port of Lukeville for additional inspection, a spokesperson with the Department of Homeland Security said in a statement. Two Buckeye residents were inside: Teddy Dwayne Scampe, 51, the driver, and Margaret Jean Lins, 38, the passenger.

Inside the motor home, officers found 27 packages of marijuana stashed throughout, according to authorities. The drugs, which totaled almost 575 pounds, were estimated at a value of more than $287,000.

In a second incident, officers had referred Herbert Medcalf, a 56-year-old Phoenix resident, for additional inspections of his car, authorities said. Officers found 41 bundles containing almost 700 pounds of marijuana total throughout the car. The drugs were valued at $348,000.

Scamp, Lins and Medcalf were referred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, according to authorities. The drugs, the motor home and the car were all seized.