TUCSON, Ariz. – Arizona Department of Public Safety troopers seized more than 34 pounds of methamphetamine, worth almost $103,000, during a joint operation with Tucson Sector Border Patrol on Jan. 18.
While participating in “Operation Stonegarden”, DPS troopers stopped a vehicle on I-10 and obtained the driver’s consent to search the vehicle. As a result, troopers found the narcotics hidden in a concealed compartment within the rear seat.
The driver, a female U.S. citizen, was arrested and booked into the Pima County Jail pending state prosecution.
Operation Stonegarden is a multi-agency collaborative effort among law enforcement agencies along the southern Arizona border, sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security.
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