Smuggling Attempts Denied at Border Patrol Checkpoints
Tucson, Ariz. - Two United States citizens and two Mexican nationals were arrested in southern Arizona after agents discovered more than 376 pounds of marijuana concealed in their vehicles at Border Patrol checkpoints in separate incidents within the last 48 hours.
On Tuesday, Douglas residents Brandy Elizabeth Deetz, 27, and Israel Ysea, 35, were taken into custody by Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents after a canine team alerted to their vehicle during a pre-primary inspection at the Interstate 90 Checkpoint. During secondary inspection, six bundles of marijuana, worth an estimated $70,500, were found concealed in the vehicle's rear wheel-wells.
In a separate incident yesterday afternoon, two Mexican nationals, Jesus Vasquez-Cisneros, 24, and Adrian Perez-Mendoza, 36, were taken into custody by agents working at the Highway 191 Checkpoint. A canine team alerted to their vehicle during primary inspection. During secondary inspection, 35 small bricks of marijuana worth an estimated value of $117,750, were discovered concealed in after market compartments. The subjects were arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations. The drugs and vehicles were seized.
Individuals arrested may be charged by complaint, the method by which a person is charged with criminal activity, which raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity and remain anonymous by calling the Border Patrol toll-free at (877) 872-7435.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) 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.