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Border Patrol Agents Stop to Offer Driver Assistance, Apprehends Smuggling Suspects, $10,000 Instead

Release Date: 
November 13, 2014

TUCSON, Ariz. – A Tucson Sector Border Patrol agent arrested two illegal immigrants and seized $10,000 after stopping to assist a driver with his vehicle Nov. 6.

While patrolling State Route 85 in the Ajo area, an agent noticed a vehicle slow down and pull over to the side of the road. When the agent stopped to offer assistance, he noticed that the driver and passengers appeared extremely nervous. He also noticed sugar sacks in the vehicle, which are commonly used for drug smuggling. 

After careful observation and conversation with the driver and passengers, the agent conducted an immigration inspection and learned the two passengers were illegal immigrants from Mexico. A subsequent search of the vehicle also revealed $10,000. 

All individuals were taken into custody. The currency and vehicle were processed for seizure in accordance with Tucson Sector guidelines.

The Tucson Sector Border Patrol strives to secure America’s borders through the disruption and degrading of transnational criminal organizations. Border security is a joint effort between Customs and Border Protection, other law-enforcement partners and community stakeholders.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017