Couple Arrested for Drug Smuggling at Interstate 19 Immigration Checkpoint
TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents from the Nogales Station arrested a 31-year-old Sierra Vista woman and 32-year-old Phoenix man Monday night after finding more than 450 grams of methamphetamine and cocaine at the Interstate 19 Immigration Checkpoint.
Agents referred the driver of a Chevy Malibu for a secondary inspection after a Border Patrol canine alerted to an odor it was trained to detect coming from the vehicle. While conducting a search on the vehicle and occupants, agents discovered packages of meth concealed under the woman’s clothing and cocaine in her purse.
Agents arrested the male driver and female passenger for smuggling while seizing the vehicle and narcotics. The methamphetamine had an estimated street value of over $25,000. The cocaine was estimated at over $500.
Federal law allows agents to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows the filing of charges for criminal activity without inferring guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
U.S. 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.