TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents from the Willcox Station arrested a couple for smuggling more than $68,000 worth of marijuana at the Tombstone, Arizona immigration checkpoint on State Route 80 Thursday morning.
Agents referred the 23-year-old male driving a Honda Ridgeline for additional inspection and a Border Patrol canine alerted to an odor it was trained to detect coming from the rear of the vehicle. Agents searched the vehicle and found 65 packages of marijuana.
The U.S. citizen driver and 25-year-old female passenger were arrested for drug smuggling and agents seized both the vehicle and drugs.
Border Patrol canines are a vital law enforcement tool with a heighten sense of smell and can alert agents to various odors such as concealed humans and contraband.
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.