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Border Patrol and Pima County Deputies Arrest Smuggler

Release Date: 
December 9, 2016

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.

17 pounds of meth as well as 5 pounds of heroin seized from a vehicle stop
Agents and Pima County deputies seized
17 pounds of meth as well as 5 pounds of
heroin from a vehicle stop.

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.

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021