TUCSON, Ariz. – Pima County deputies and Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents stopped a vehicle during a joint “Operation Countermeasure” on Dec. 5, and seized 17 pounds of methamphetamine and 5 pounds of heroin.
Operation Countermeasure is a joint effort involving coordination among law enforcement agencies along Arizona’s southern border. This marks the first seizure for Pima County Sheriff’s Department as part of the operation.
After deputies and agents stopped the vehicle for a traffic violation, the driver consented to a search of the vehicle. The search yielded 17 freezer bags containing methamphetamine and two bricks of heroin wrapped in cellophane tape, found inside toy boxes.
The driver, a resident alien from Mexico, was charged with the traffic violation and a felony charge for the transportation and sale of controlled substances.
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.