Border Patrol Narcotics Seizures Exceed $1.3 Million
Tucson Ariz. —During multiple seizures last week, Tucson Sector Border Patrol seized more than 2,500 pounds of narcotics valued in excess of $1.3 million.
On January 25, at the Interstate 19 checkpoint near Tubac, Ariz., agents discovered six packaged bundles of crystal methamphetamine concealed around the waist and groin area of a male subject. The narcotics were worth more than $47,400.
Later that morning, Casa Grande Border Patrol agents arrested two illegal immigrants and seized more than 635 pounds of marijuana during patrol operations.
Last Sunday, agents stopped a Toyota Corolla with six occupants near mile marker 413 on State Route 80. While conducting an immigration check, agents determined the four occupants in the back seat were Mexican nationals illegally present in the United States. The subjects were taken into custody and the driver and passenger were arrested for alien smuggling.
Tuesday evening, agents patrolling near Topowa, Ariz., arrested four illegal immigrants and seized more than 562 pounds of marijuana in the immediate vicinity.
Wednesday, agents detected and followed foot prints in the Santa Rosa Mountains for approximately one mile before coming upon 10 bundles of marijuana valued at more than $255,600.
The largest seizure of the week occurred Thursday near Marana, Ariz., when agents detected tire tracks leading off road into a brush area where they discovered an abandoned Chevrolet truck. A search of the vehicle revealed 16 shotgun shells and 30 bricks of marijuana inside the cab and bed of the truck. The value of the narcotics was estimated at approximately $402,575.
In another incident that afternoon, three illegal immigrants were apprehended from a vehicle which failed to yield at the U.S. Route 191 checkpoint near McNeal, Ariz.
All subjects were arrested and are being presented for prosecution. The drugs, vehicles, and ammunition were processed for seizure in accordance with Tucson Sector 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 between Customs and Border Protection, other law-enforcement partners and community stakeholders.
CBP also 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.