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Nogales Border Patrol Agents Arrest Three U.S. Citizens for Smuggling a ‘Cocktail’ of Drugs at I-19 Checkpoint

Release Date: 
June 8, 2016

TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Nogales Station arrested three United States citizens for smuggling methamphetamine and other controlled substances at the I-19 checkpoint on June 6

Border Patrol agents at the I-19 traffic checkpoint seized a five-pound combination of drugs from a female motorist stopped for further inspection.
Border Patrol agents at the I-19 traffic
checkpoint seized a five-pound combination
of drugs from a female motorist stopped
for further inspection.

Agents referred the vehicle for a secondary inspection after a canine team alerted to the vehicle during an immigration inspection. Agents searched the driver and two passengers of the vehicle during the secondary inspection.

Agents observed suspicious bundles in the male passenger’s socks and discovered additional bundles concealed on his body after an additional search. The bundles were found to contain methamphetamine after closer inspection.

A search of the female passenger revealed a mixture of drugs concealed under her clothing. She was carrying a package containing marijuana, cyclobenzaprine, methamphetamine and amitriptyline.

Agents seized more than five pounds of contraband with an estimated value of more than $15,000. Both passengers and the driver of the vehicle have been submitted for prosecution for narcotics smuggling.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017