Phoenix Residents Caught Driving More Than 1,200 Pounds of Pot Back From Mexico on 4/20
Today in Found at the Border: Three Phoenix residents were caught trying to bring back more than 1,200 pounds of marijuana to the United States in RVs, on the pot holiday of "4/20."
If the more seasoned drug-smugglers can get caught crossing the border by hiding drugs in specially fabricated compartments or inside bodily orifices, you can bet the pot-filled RV plot didn't go over so well.
First, Teddy Dwayne Scamp, 51, and Margaret Jean Lins, 38, drove an RV to the port of entry in Lukeville.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers noticed Scamp "appeared nervous" and was "shuddering" while he was being asked customs declaration questions, according to federal court documents.
Upon further inspection, officers noticed what appeared to be some modifications to the RV. An X-ray image of the RV confirmed those suspicions, and nearly 700 pounds of pot was found under the mattress and in a wall compartment of the RV.
Lins told officers they were hired by guys in Rocky Point to drive the RV back into the United States.
They both denied that they knew they were smuggling drugs, but admitted that the whole arrangement seemed "suspicious," according to court documents.
An hour after that, another Phoenix resident, 56-year-old Herbert Medcalf came through the same port of entry. You can imagine that the officers on duty may have been suspicious of people from Phoenix driving RVs over the border that day.
An X-ray of the RV revealed about 575 pounds of marijuana in that rig.
According to federal court paperwork, the drivers of both RVs, Scamp and Medcalf, happened to have the same contact, named only "Carlos," stored in their phones. Coincidentally, they had both made recent contact with Carlos.
All three Phoenix residents face marijuana-smuggling charges.
Got a tip? Send it to: Matthew Hendley.
Get the ICYMI: Today's Top Stories Newsletter
Catch up on the day's news and stay informed with our daily digest of the most popular news, music, food and arts stories in Phoenix, delivered to your inbox Monday through Friday.