TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a U.S. citizen Sunday for smuggling two Mexican nationals and almost 90 pounds of marijuana in his Ford Taurus.
After an agent using observation technology at the Brian A. Terry Border Patrol Station detected a sedan stopping to load two individuals with suspected marijuana bundles, he contacted another agent in the field to investigate.
A few minutes later, the field agent stopped the suspicious vehicle on Naco Highway. The agent then determined that the driver, a male U.S. citizen from Sierra Vista, Arizona, was transporting two Mexican nationals illegally present in the U.S. The agent then searched the vehicle and discovered two bundles of marijuana in the trunk.
The driver, marijuana and vehicle were turned over to the Cochise County Sheriff’s Department while the Mexican nationals were turned over to Border Patrol and are being processed for removal.
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.