TUCSON, ARIZ.—Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents stopped multiple smuggling attempts at southern Arizona immigration checkpoints in recent days.
Tuesday morning, agents from the Willcox Border Patrol Station working at the State Route 90 checkpoint arrested one United States citizen after agents discovered two illegal immigrants in the trunk of his Toyota Yaris. The illegal immigrants, found to be in good health, were also arrested and will face removal proceedings. The vehicle was seized and the smuggler faces possible prosecution.
Yesterday, a Nogales canine team working at the Interstate 19 checkpoint south of Amado, Ariz., referred a 2004 Ford Taurus for a secondary inspection after a canine alert during an immigration inspection. Agents subsequently discovered more than six pounds of heroin worth in excess of $87,000, and nearly 30 pounds of marijuana worth approximately $15,000. The narcotics were concealed in a container within the vehicle's modified gas tank. The suspected smuggler, a female Mexican national, was arrested and faces possible prosecution. The vehicle was seized and the narcotics were turned over to the DEA.
Checkpoint operations play a vital role in preventing criminals from transporting contraband into the United States by restricting routes of egress from the border region.
Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling (877) 872-7435 toll free.
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.