TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized almost 140 pounds of marijuana and arrested three U.S. citizens, two El Salvadorian nationals and one Mexican national in separate weekend smuggling attempts.
The first incident occurred March 4 at the immigration checkpoint near Three Points, Arizona, when agents referred the driver of a Chrysler PT Cruiser to a secondary inspection area for immigration purposes. Agents identified the driver and front passenger as U.S. citizens and the two rear passengers as nationals of El Salvador in the U.S. without documentation.
Later that evening, agents from Naco’s Brian A. Terry Station, assisting Sierra Vista Police Department officers, found 139 pounds of marijuana and 49 rounds of ammunition in a vehicle occupied by a U.S. citizen (driver) and a Mexican national (passenger).
All U.S. citizens were arrested on smuggling charges while each foreign national will be processed under Tucson Sector guidelines.
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.