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.
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.
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.