TUCSON, Ariz. – Border Patrol agents from the Casa Grande station arrested four U.S. citizens Tuesday after finding more than 175 pounds of marijuana and a loaded handgun during a secondary inspection at the immigration checkpoint south of Casa Grande.
Agents working at the Federal Route 15 immigration checkpoint referred a Chevy sedan for a secondary inspection after a Border Patrol canine alerted to an odor it was trained to detect being emitted from the vehicle. As a result, agents uncovered seven bales of marijuana, valued in excess of $88,000, and a loaded .38-caliber revolver.
Agents seized the drugs, weapon and sedan. The four adult subjects, two men and two women, will be prosecuted by Homeland Security Investigations for contraband smuggling.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.