Tucson, Ariz. – Pima County Sheriff Deputies and Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized 7.5 pounds of heroin, valued at almost $131,000, during a joint operation Jan. 17.
While participating in “Operation Countermeasure”, deputies and agents stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. During the encounter, the driver consented to a search of the vehicle that led to the discovery of narcotics hidden in an ice chest within the vehicle’s cargo area.
The driver, a male U.S. citizen, was arrested and booked into the Pima County Detention Facility on charges of possession and transportation of a dangerous drug for sale.
Operation Countermeasure is a multi-agency cooperative effort among law enforcement agencies along the southern Arizona border.
An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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.