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Technology Blocks Smuggling at Checkpoint

Release Date: 
August 16, 2012

Tucson, Ariz. - Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents working at the Interstate 19 checkpoint seized a vehicle and arrested a U.S. citizen yesterday for attempting to smuggle 50 pounds of marijuana.

A Nogales Border Patrol canine team alerted to a vehicle during initial inspection. Agents then conducted a secondary inspection using x-ray equipment and discovered two bundles of marijuana weighing 50 pounds, valued at $25,000, concealed in an aftermarket compartment.

Tiered border enforcement efforts, such as Border Patrol checkpoints, help prevent transnational criminal organizations from smuggling illegal narcotics further into the country. Proven resources such as advanced technology and canine teams improve the Border Patrol's ability to combat illicit activity along the Arizona/Mexico corridor by impacting smugglers' ability to transport contraband.

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017