TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents working at the Interstate 19 checkpoint seized $165,000 worth of marijuana Saturday morning.
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.
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 the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.