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Meth and Cocaine Seized at I-19 Checkpoint

Release Date: 
February 3, 2015

TUCSON, Ariz. - Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized nearly 27 pounds of methamphetamines and 15 pounds of cocaine at the I-19 checkpoint Jan. 30, with a combined value of $262,102.

Border Patrol agents remove meth from the spare tire of a smuggling vehicle stopped at the I-19 checkpoint, near Amado

Border Patrol agents remove meth from the spare tire of a smuggling vehicle stopped at the I-19 checkpoint, near Amado.

Agents using a canine unit and a backscatter truck first found 20.8 pounds of methamphetamine hidden inside the spare tire of a Ford pickup truck. Agents estimated the meth’s value at $98,800.

Later, agents used the same tools to find cocaine and meth in a Saturn SUV occupied by an adult male and female with two children. Agents used the backscatter truck to locate a hidden compartment containing 15 pounds of cocaine, worth more than $138,040, and nearly six pounds of methamphetamine valued at $28,262.

Agents arrested the drivers of both vehicles and processed the contraband in accordance with Tucson Sector guidelines.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017