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Border Patrol Thwarts Smuggling Attempt of Hard Narcotics

Release Date: 
February 12, 2020

TUCSON, Ariz. – Three Tucson residents caught attempting to smuggle multiple types of narcotics into the U.S. were arrested by U.S. Border Patrol agents working the Interstate 19 Immigration Checkpoint near Amado Sunday.

The adult male smugglers were all U.S. citizens. They were encountered by agents when they entered the checkpoint in a silver Nissan Xterra. During secondary inspection, agents detected small bundles inside the vehicle’s trunk via x-ray technology.   

Agents ultimately discovered more than five pounds of heroin, half a pound of meth, half a pound of fentanyl, and a personal use amount of marijuana.

Agents seized the narcotics and vehicle. The three individuals will be held in custody, pending prosecution for narcotics smuggling. 

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 An aerial image of the I-19 Immigration Checkpoint

Last modified: 
February 12, 2020