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Agents Seize Nearly $700,000 in Narcotics

Release Date: 
February 2, 2012

TUCSON, ARIZ.—Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized marijuana and heroin Wednesday with a combined value of nearly $700,000.

 

Also on Wedneday, Nogales Station agents arrested a male Mexican national with more than six pounds of brown heroin worth an estimated $82,000.

Ajo Station agents working in the west desert responded to a report of possible narcotics trafficking and discovered 25 backpacks full of marijuana concealed under rocks.

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017