TUCSON, ARIZ.—Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents stopped multiple smuggling attempts at southern Arizona checkpoints over the weekend.
Agents first arrested three Chinese nationals and a U.S. citizen at the Interstate 19 checkpoint Friday after a service canine and x-ray technology identified three adults concealed in the trunk of a sedan being driven by the U.S. citizen. This smuggling method is especially dangerous since escape from the trunk could be difficult or impossible in an emergency.
All subjects were processed for prosecution and/or removal proceedings in accordance with Tucson Sector prosecution guidelines.
On Sunday at the Highway 80 checkpoint, Tucson Sector agents arrested a U.S. citizen attempting to smuggle more than $41,000 worth of marijuana concealed in his Plymouth Chrysler van. Agents found 22 bricks of marijuana, with a combined weight exceeding 82 pounds, hidden in the rear quarter panels on both sides of the van.
The van is being processed for seizure. The driver was presented for prosecution.
Checkpoints are a critical enforcement tool in preventing illegal activity from venturing further into the United States. Checkpoint operations are vital along routes of egress from the border region.
Customs and Border Protection 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.