TUCSON, ARIZ.—Two female passengers of a commercial shuttle van were arrested Thursday morning at the I-19 checkpoint after Nogales Border Patrol agents discovered six bags of methamphetamine concealed in two buckets of chicken.
The narcotics, weighing nearly six pounds and valued at $58,700, were turned over to the DEA. The subjects face federal prosecution.
Checkpoint operations play a vital role in preventing criminals from transporting contraband into the United States by restricting routes of egress from the border region.
Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol by calling (877) 872-7435 toll free. All calls will be answered and remain anonymous.
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.