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Border Patrol Agents Seize Hard Narcotics at I-19 Checkpoint

Release Date: 
November 26, 2019

TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Border Patrol agents working the Interstate 19 Immigration Checkpoint arrested a Mexican national Saturday evening after discovering cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl hidden under his vehicle’s floorboard.

Tucson Sector agents at the primary inspection lane encountered a 26-year-old man driving a Chevrolet Silverado. Agents sent the vehicle to secondary inspection, where x-ray technology revealed an anomaly in the vehicle’s floorboard. Subsequent inspection revealed multiple packages of drugs hidden inside the vehicle. 

Agents seized nearly three pounds of heroin, seven pounds of cocaine, and more than seven pounds of fentanyl.

The driver was arrested. The vehicle and narcotics were seized and turned over to Homeland Security Investigations.

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. 

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.

Seventeen pound of hard narcotics were seized by Tucson Sector Border Patrol at an immigration checkpoint Nov. 23.

Last modified: 
November 26, 2019