TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents from the Ajo Station apprehended three Phoenix residents in a BMW SUV Tuesday afternoon at the State Route 85 Immigration Checkpoint after finding more than $148,000 worth of marijuana in the vehicle.
Agents referred the driver for a secondary inspection of the vehicle after a Border Patrol canine alerted to an odor it was trained to detect. While searching the SUV, agents found eight large bundles of marijuana in the rear cargo area.
The male driver and two female passengers, all U.S. citizens, were arrested for drug smuggling and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
Federal law allows agents to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows the filing of charges for criminal activity without inferring guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol by calling 1-877-872-7435 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.