Drugs, Stolen Vehicle, and Gun Seized at Border Patrol Checkpoint during the Weekend
TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Border Patrol agents working at the Interstate 19 Immigration Checkpoint in the Tucson Sector encountered several criminal activities over the weekend.
At approximately 10 a.m., Saturday, Tucson Sector agents at the checkpoint near Amado sent a silver 2007 Toyota Camry to secondary inspection after a Border Patrol canine alerted to the vehicle. The female driver was arrested for smuggling more than 140 pounds of meth and five in the vehicle. The case was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Agency for further investigation.
At approximately 12:30 a.m., Sunday morning, agents at the same checkpoint encountered a male driver and female passenger in a white 2019 Dodge Ram. Records checks indicted the pickup had been reported stolen. During a secondary inspection, agents also found a loaded stolen handgun in the driver's waistband. Arizona Department of Public Safety took custody of both subjects, the stolen vehicle, and gun.
All three suspects face charges for their alleged crimes and are considered innocent until proven guilty in the court of law.
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