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Border Patrol Seizes Dope From False Compartment

Release Date: 
January 11, 2013

TUCSON, ARIZ.—Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a suspected drug smuggler and seized hundreds of pounds of marijuana concealed in a false compartment after he stopped to ask for directions.

Last night, agents from the Sonoita Border Patrol Station were approached by a 21-year-old United States citizen male hauling what appeared to be a stack of lumber in the back of a pickup truck. The subject appeared lost and requested directions from the agents. Based on the discussion, agents became suspicious the driver may be involved in illegal activity and requested the assistance of a canine team. Subsequently, agents discovered 621pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $310,500 hidden within the stack of 2'x4' lumber covered with plywood. The narcotics will be turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration and the subject faces possible prosecution.

Agents remain vigilant to prevent smugglers from transporting people, drugs and other contraband throughout Arizona and further into the United States.

Customs and Border Protection 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.

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February 3, 2021