Agents Find Gun, Marijuana at Immigration Checkpoint
TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Tucson Station arrested an adult USC male March 22 after finding more than 50 pounds of marijuana and a loaded small-caliber handgun in a pick-up truck.
The man was eastbound on Highway 86 when he stopped at the immigration checkpoint and was referred to secondary inspection due to a canine alert. Agents searched the vehicle and located two large bricks of marijuana concealed in the walls of the truck’s bed and a .380-caliber handgun in the cab.
The man is currently in custody, facing federal drug charges. Agents seized the vehicle, weapon and marijuana.
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.