TUCSON, ARIZ.—Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a suspected drug smuggler and seized nearly 1,500 pounds of marijuana concealed in false compartments.
Yesterday afternoon, agents from the Tucson Border Patrol Station working at the State Route 83 checkpoint arrested a male U.S. citizen after a canine team alerted to the vehicle, prompting a secondary inspection. Agents discovered 444 wrapped bricks concealed in various compartments throughout the 2003 F-350 pick-up truck. The Drug Enforcement Administration will take possession of the drug load valued at $744,000 and the subject faces prosecution.
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. The Border Patrol appreciates the public's patience while traveling through checkpoints.
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.
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.