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Border Patrol Agents Nab Nogales Teen for Smuggling Meth

Release Date: 
February 26, 2018

TUCSON, Ariz. – Nogales Border Patrol agents at the Interstate 19 immigration checkpoint arrested an 18-year-old U.S. citizen from Nogales, Arizona, after finding more than 59 pounds of methamphetamine concealed in his vehicle.

Border Patrol canine sitting in front of the Nissan Altima with the 50 packages of meth on the trunk

Agents referred the teen, driving a Nissan Altima for a secondary inspection after a Border Patrol canine alerted to an odor it was trained to detect. Inside the vehicle, agents found 50 packages of methamphetamine valued in excess of $150,000.

Agents arrested the teen for narcotics smuggling and seized the drugs and vehicle; which were then turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free.

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February 3, 2021