Tucson, Ariz. - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Nogales Station's Interstate 19 checkpoint discovered more than 20 pounds of cocaine after a Border Patrol canine team alerted to a vehicle. The narcotics are valued at approximately $827,000.
The driver is being held pending prosecution. The cocaine was seized and will be turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Checkpoints remain a vital component of the Border Patrol's defense-in-depth strategy. By combining the effective contraband detection capabilities of canine units with checkpoint operations, agents continue to successfully 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.