TUCSON, ARIZ.—Tucson Sector Border Patrol has been busy the past two weeks securing the border by interdicting smugglers of contraband and illegal aliens.
Last week, Border Patrol agents stopped a vehicle near Stanfield, Ariz., transporting five long-arm weapons, ammunition, marijuana and a stolen Border Patrol uniform. Agents arrested the driver and seized the vehicle, contraband and weapons.
Tucson Sector checkpoints continue to be a critical enforcement asset for the Border Patrol as proven recently when agents apprehended multiple subjects attempting to smuggle narcotics and illegal immigrants into the United States. At the Interstate 19 checkpoint agents arrested two U.S. citizens attempting to smuggle two Mexican nationals in the trunk of a vehicle. This smuggling method can prove to be fatal when occupants are unable to escape in an emergency.
This week at the Highway 80 checkpoint the Border Patrol conducted two consecutive days of vehicle narcotic seizures. In one incident they seized a recreational vehicle with more than 500 pounds of marijuana hidden in multiple compartments. The following day they interdicted a Chrysler van containing multiple bricks of marijuana in excess of 60 pounds hidden inside a false roof compartment.
All subjects were processed for prosecution and/or removal proceedings in accordance with Tucson Sector prosecution 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, which can be attributed to the vigilant men and women of Customs and Border Protection in conjunction with many law enforcement partners and outstanding community stakeholders.
CBP welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol by calling (877) 872-7435 toll free. All calls will be answered and remain anonymous.
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.