TUCSON, ARIZ.—Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents stopped multiple smuggling attempts at southern Arizona traffic checkpoints over the weekend.
On Saturday morning, Willcox Station Border Patrol agents working at the State Route 191 checkpoint arrested two U.S. citizens when agents discovered they were attempting to smuggle two illegal immigrants in the trunk of their vehicle.
Yesterday, a Nogales canine team working at the Interstate 19 checkpoint south of Amado, Ariz., alerted to suspected narcotics in a vehicle, prompting a secondary inspection. Subsequently agents discovered almost 17 pounds of methamphetamine worth $160,000, concealed in both rear wheel wells. The suspected smugglers, both Mexican nationals were arrested.
Also yesterday, agents from the Willcox Border Patrol Station working at the State Route 80 checkpoint seized 150 bricks of marijuana concealed within boxes of masonry tiles. The bricks weighed a total of 150 pounds and are worth an estimated $75,000. In all cases the smugglers were arrested and face federal prosecution. The illegal immigrants were arrested for being in the country illegally and face removal proceedings.
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.
Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling (877) 872-7435 toll free.
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.