TUCSON, Ariz. – Border Patrol agents from the Willcox Station arrested a Tucson woman Friday evening at the immigration checkpoint on State Route 80 near Tombstone after finding 111 bricks of marijuana hidden in her Chevrolet Impala.
An agent working the primary inspection lane directed the 29-year-old woman, traveling with her minor aged daughter, for a secondary inspection after a canine alerted to an odor it is trained to detect.
As a result, agents discovered approximately 123 pounds of marijuana worth in excess of $60,000.
Agents arrested the woman for narcotics smuggling and seized the drugs and vehicle. The Department of Child Protective Services was contacted and assisted in placing the child with a family member.
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.