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Border Patrol Agents Seize Marijuana at I-19 Checkpoint

Release Date: 
October 29, 2014

TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents working at the Interstate 19 checkpoint seized $165,000 worth of marijuana Saturday morning.

When agents peeled back the bed of a smuggling vehicle, they located and seized packages of marijuana

When agents peeled back the bed of a smuggling vehicle, they located and seized packages of marijuana.

A canine unit from the Nogales Border Patrol Station alerted to an odor emanating from a red Chevrolet Cheyenne pickup truck during primary inspection. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed several bricks of marijuana in concealed floor compartments in the passenger cabin area and within the truck’s bed.

Agents confiscated more than 330 pounds of marijuana and arrested the driver, who is being presented for prosecution. The drugs and vehicle were processed for seizure in accordance with Tucson Sector guidelines.

Checkpoints are critical enforcement tools in preventing illegal activity from venturing further into the United States and are vital along routes of egress from the border region.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017