Tucson, Ariz. - In two separate incidents, Tucson sector Border Patrol agents seized more than 580 pounds of illegal narcotics with an estimated value of more than $534,500.
U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Interstate 19 checkpoint discovered more than a pound of crystal methamphetamine, as well as two pounds of cocaine and over 10 pounds of marijuana after a canine team alerted to a passenger van. The narcotics have a combined value of more than $78,500. The passenger and the narcotics were transported to the Nogales station for processing.
In a second incident, agents assigned to the Casa Grande station discovered a suspicious vehicle while patrolling the West Desert and requested assistance from a Border Patrol canine team. The team alerted to the presence of contraband and 242 packages of marijuana was discovered within the vehicle. The marijuana was estimated to weight more than 570 pounds valued at more than $455,000. The subjects, vehicle and marijuana were transported to the Casa Grande station for processing.
"These seizures are evidence that the Tucson Sector Border Patrol is effectively implementing assets to prevent illegal narcotics from reaching the streets of our communities while improving the quality of life along the border," said Acting Chief Patrol Agent Jeanne Ray-Condon.
Checkpoints remain a vital component of the Border Patrol's defense-in-depth strategy. By combining the effective contraband detection capabilities of canine teams with checkpoint operations, agents continue to curb the flow of illegal drugs into the interior of the U.S.
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.