TUCSON, ARIZ.—Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized marijuana and heroin Wednesday with a combined value of nearly $700,000.
Nogales Station agents assigned to the Interstate 19 checkpoint, conducting a transportation check on a passenger shuttle, questioned a male Mexican national wearing a backpack beneath his jacket. An inspection of the backpack revealed small packages wrapped in black tape, which turned out to be more than six pounds of brown heroin worth an estimated $82,000. The man and narcotics were transported to the Nogales Station for further processing. The Nogales, Sonora native now faces possible federal charges.
Meanwhile, agents assigned to Ajo's Field Training Unit were conducting training operations in the vicinity of the Village of Gu Vo in the west desert when they responded to possible narcotics trafficking and discovered 25 backpacks of marijuana concealed under rocks. The marijuana had a combined weight of 1,195 pounds and an estimated value of $597,500. Agents transported the narcotics to the Ajo Station for processing.
Transnational criminal organizations are using various methods to transport narcotics into our communities. The Tucson Sector Border Patrol, however, is committed to disrupting their attempts.
Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling (877) 872-7435 toll free.
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.