TUCSON, ARIZ.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized nearly four pounds of hard narcotics on March 7, with a combined value of nearly $55,000, while working the Interstate 19 checkpoint.
A Border Patrol canine team working the pre-inspection lanes alerted to a commercial passenger transportation vehicle, which was then sent to secondary inspection. The canine alerted to a backpack with four small packages of possible narcotics. The substances in the packages tested positive for methamphetamine, weighing approximately 2.3 pounds and worth $34,500; cocaine, weighing less than half a pound and valued at $3,400; and heroin weighing about 1.21 pounds and worth more than $17,000. The owner of the abandoned backpack was not identified during the initial investigation. The narcotics will be turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Tiered border enforcement efforts, such as CBP Border Patrol checkpoints, help prevent transnational criminal organizations from smuggling illegal narcotics further into the country. Significant gains have been made toward combating illicit activity along the Arizona/Mexico border by impacting smugglers' ability to transport contraband through routes of egress, ensuring they face significant penalties for their actions.
CBP welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to Border Patrol agents and remain anonymous by calling (877) 872-7435 toll free.