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Border Patrol Agents Find Fentanyl Strapped to Man’s Thighs

Release Date: 
January 24, 2020

TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Border Patrol agents working the Interstate 19 Immigration Checkpoint near Amado arrested a man transporting fentanyl in bags taped to his body January 22.

Tucson Sector agents encountered a 19-year-old U.S. citizen male during a routine immigration inspection of a passenger shuttle van. Agents questioned the man and performed a  search, which led to the discovery of pills taped to the individual’s thighs.

The pills tested positive for fentanyl.

Agents seized the pills, totaling 243 grams, and arrested the subject, who faces felony drug charges for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute.

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For more details regarding this media release or to schedule a remote interview via the LiveU system, please contact the Tucson Border Patrol Sector Public Affairs Office at or at 520-387-3210. Follow us on Twitter @CBPArizona.

A 19-year-old U.S. citizen was caught smuggling fentanyl into the country at a U.S. Border Patrol Immigration Checkpoint January 22.

Last modified: 
January 24, 2020