Busy week for Border Patrol, bad week for smugglers
TUCSON, Ariz. – Border Patrol agents across Tucson Sector arrested several individuals, and seized nearly 800 pounds of marijuana and four vehicles in connection with various criminal cases during the past week.
On Nov. 19, agents from the Brian A. Terry Station seized more than 700 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $350,000, found in a Dodge Durango near Naco, Arizona. When agents attempted to follow the vehicle, the driver abruptly pulled to the side of the road and fled on foot. Agents tracked the driver to a nearby residence where Homeland Security Investigation officials assisted agents in locating the driver hiding in the house. The subject, an adult Mexican national, will be prosecuted for drug smuggling. (photos available)
After observing five individuals run from the desert and jump into a Jeep Commander near Gila Bend, Arizona on Nov. 20, an Ajo Station agent stopped the vehicle and arrested three male Mexican nationals illegally present in the United States. The other two occupants, both United States citizens, were also taken into custody. A search of the vehicle revealed two loaded handguns and a machete. (photos available)
On Nov. 21, Douglas Station agents attempted to stop a Chevrolet Impala suspected of smuggling on State Route 80, east of Douglas, Arizona. Initially, the driver failed to yield but briefly stopped the sedan, allowing three occupants to flee from the vehicle. Agents apprehended all three, later determined to be Mexican nationals, after a brief foot pursuit. The driver, a U.S. citizen, again accelerated away from agents but later yielded and was placed under arrest. (photos available)
Nogales Station agents, with assistance from a Customs and Border Protection officer at the DeConcini crossing in Nogales, Arizona, arrested one subject Nov. 23 after he attempted to flee south into Mexico following a vehicle stop. A search of the vehicle yielded six bundles of marijuana worth an estimated $43,000.
All subjects, vehicles, drugs and weapons will be processed in accordance with Tucson Sector guidelines.
Experience, dedication and vigilance continue to serve Border Patrol agents as invaluable tools in combating transnational criminal organizations. CBP is focused on combating transnational criminal organizations by negatively impacting their ability to transport contraband deeper into the United States.
CBP welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol by calling 1-877-872-7435 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.