TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents from the Nogales Station apprehended a 26-year-old male Mexican national Wednesday morning at the Interstate 19 Immigration Checkpoint after finding more than $135,000 worth of marijuana hidden throughout his vehicle.
Agents referred the driver of a Ford F-150 for a secondary inspection after a Border Patrol canine alerted to an odor it was trained to detect. While searching the truck, agents found multiple bundles of marijuana concealed within the fuel tank, spare tire, and back seat.
After agents arrested the man and seized the vehicle and drugs, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations assumed custody of the contraband and suspect for prosecution.
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.