Stolen Vehicle, Missing Juvenile, Drugs Nabbed at Immigrant Checkpoints
TUCSON, Ariz. –Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized more than 150 pounds of marijuana, facilitated the recovery of a stolen vehicle and found a missing juvenile during two incidents at immigration checkpoints early today.
Nogales Station agents working at the immigration checkpoint near Amado referred the driver of a 2000 Nissan Xterra to secondary inspection. Agents confirmed the vehicle was stolen and that the driver was a missing juvenile. Agents contacted the Arizona Department of Public Safety who took custody of the vehicle, juvenile and a passenger.
In another incident, agents working at the immigration checkpoint near Tombstone thwarted a smuggling attempt when a male U.S. citizen, driving a 2003 Buick Regal, was referred to secondary inspection. During the inspection, agents found 90 bricks of marijuana, worth more than $76,000, concealed in a non-factory compartment within the vehicle’s trunk wall. Agents arrested the driver and seized the vehicle and contraband.
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.