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Tucson Sector Border Patrol Seizes Heroin from Smugglers

Release Date: 
October 27, 2011

Tuscan, Ariz. - Border Patrol agents assigned to the Tucson Sector, a component of the Joint Field Command-Arizona, seized heroin yesterday worth more than $40,000.

Seized Narcotics

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Ajo Station agents working in the West Desert responded to the Barry Goldwater Bombing Range security office where two suspected illegal aliens were being held. During questioning, the two Mexican males, 22 and 41, admitted to entering the United States illegally. Security officers also turned over five cylinders (Photos available) wrapped in electrical tape found near the individuals. The substance in the packages, nearly three pounds, tested positive for heroin. The narcotics were seized and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. The subjects will face federal prosecution.

Cooperation between the Border Patrol and our partner agencies make it difficult for transnational criminal organizations to operate with impunity. As a result, the Tucson Sector has been effective in combating smuggling organizations and their ability to transport contraband throughout the United States.

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017