TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents from the Three Points Substation found more than 28 grams of heroin and a loaded handgun during a secondary vehicle inspection Tuesday afternoon at the immigration checkpoint on State Route 86.
When a woman drove up to the checkpoint in a Chevrolet Malibu, a Border Patrol canine alerted to an odor it was trained to detect. The driver was then directed to a secondary inspection area where agents discovered $17,000 worth of drugs, and a loaded .22-caliber handgun.
Agents arrested the woman, identified as a 37-year-old Tucson resident, and contacted the Arizona Department of Public Safety who took custody of the woman, heroin, vehicle and weapon.
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.