TUCSON, ARIZ.—Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents stopped a United States citizen from moving a large drug shipment heading north beyond the I-19 checkpoint yesterday.
A Nogales canine team working at the checkpoint south of Amado, Ariz., alerted to suspected narcotics in a tractor-trailer, prompting a secondary inspection. Through the use of detection technology, agents discovered 88 bundles of marijuana concealed in a false wall inside the trailer. The driver was arrested and faces possible prosecution.
The narcotics, weighing 2,133 pounds and worth an estimated $1,066,500, will be turned over to the DEA.
Checkpoint operations play a vital role in preventing criminals from transporting contraband further into the United States by restricting routes of egress from the border region. The Border Patrol appreciates the public's patience while traveling through checkpoints.
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.