TUCSON, ARIZ.—An 18-year-old female U.S. citizen was formally charged with narcotics smuggling yesterday and now faces federal prosecution, following a weekend drug bust at the Border Patrol's checkpoint on Interstate 19.
Nogales Station agents inspecting a commercial shuttle apprehended Clarisa Aguilar, a passenger, for possession of 1.9 pounds of methamphetamine.
The narcotics, worth an estimated $21,850, were turned over to the DEA.
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. The Border Patrol appreciates the public's patience while traveling through checkpoints.
Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol by calling (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.