TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Willcox Station assisted an Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper in apprehending two Tucson men who fled during a traffic stop Friday afternoon near Whetstone.
A Border Patrol agent assisted an Arizona DPS trooper with a traffic stop near the intersection of State Route 80 and State Route 90. As the trooper attempted to stop a Ford F-250, the driver fled while a male passenger jumped out of the moving vehicle.
During the pursuit, the driver drove through a barbed wire fence and continued to flee off-road. The assisting agent followed the truck’s trail and soon found it abandoned near a residential area. At that point, the Border Patrol agent used his canine partner and found multiple bricks of marijuana in the truck weighing a combined 156 pounds and worth an estimated $78,000.
After additional agents arrived to secure the drugs, the agent used his canine partner to track and apprehend the driver, later identified as a 20-year-old U.S. citizen.
Other Border Patrol agents tracked and apprehended the passenger, identified as a 42-year-old U.S. citizen, found a short distance off the highway.
Agents turned the two men, vehicle and marijuana over to Homeland Security Investigations for processing.
Federal law allows agents to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows the filing of charges for criminal activity without inferring guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials welcome assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free. Reporting illicit activity could result in saving someone’s life.
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.