Border Patrol Agents Arrest Two in Separate Shuttle Bus Smuggling Attempts
TUCSON, Ariz. – Nogales Station Border Patrol agents at the I-19 Immigration Checkpoint arrested an adult woman and a male juvenile who attempted to smuggle meth during separate incidents Tuesday.
Around 2 p.m., agents referred a passenger shuttle van for a routine secondary immigration inspection of its passengers and discovered a 39-year-old female passenger concealing almost a pound of methamphetamine on her body.
Later that evening, a juvenile male in a second shuttle van was found in possession of half a pound of methamphetamine.
Agents arrested both subjects and seized the drugs. The juvenile, a 16-year-old U.S. citizen was turned over to the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office. The 39-year-old female U.S. citizen is facing federal charges for drug smuggling.
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 officials welcome assistance from the community. Individuals can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free. Reporting illicit activity could result in saving someone’s life.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.