TUCSON, Ariz. – Border Patrol agents from Tucson Sector’s Ajo Station stopped a vehicle Monday evening, near Why, Arizona, to conduct an immigration inspection and found three adult males with more than 260 pounds of marijuana and a .40-caliber handgun.
After stopping a 2004 Saturn, agents approached the vehicle on foot and noticed multiple bundles of marijuana in the back seat. Agents arrested the 18-year-old Mexican driver and two passengers, both later identified as U.S. citizens, ages 18 and 19.
A further search of the vehicle uncovered a Glock handgun hidden in the trunk of the vehicle. Agents turned over all three occupants, marijuana, gun and vehicle to Homeland Security Investigations.
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.