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Public Assistance Helps Border Patrol Gain Results

Release Date: 
February 20, 2014

Tucson, Ariz. Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized $314,650 worth of marijuana, three vehicles, and a loaded handgun during multiple incidents last week. Four subjects were arrested for their involvement in these crimes.              

Tucson Sector’s emphasis on community engagement paid off Feb. 13 when agents received a citizen’s report of a suspicious vehicle near a residence in Sonoita, Ariz. Shortly after the call, an agent responded to the area and discovered an abandoned vehicle loaded with nearly 630 pounds of marijuana. An extensive search of the area was conducted but no subjects were located.

On Feb. 14, agents arrested a male U.S. citizen at the Interstate 19 checkpoint for alien smuggling. Agents discovered two illegal aliens hiding in the trunk of a Toyota Camry with no means of escape.

On Feb. 16, a tip led agents to the apprehension of a Mexican national who attempted to abscond from a vehicle near Marana, Ariz. Agents seized the vehicle and a loaded handgun found next to the subject’s footprints approximately 20 yards from the vehicle.

The Tucson Sector Border Patrol continues to accomplish its mission by building and maintaining strong, strategic partnerships with other law enforcement agencies and the community in efforts to promote public safety.

Customs and Border Protection also welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol by calling (877) 872-7435 toll free. All calls will be answered and remain anonymous. 

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021