TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized two weapons during separate smuggling attempts Dec. 6 at checkpoints in southern Arizona.
Agents operating the I-19 checkpoint near Amado, Arizona, were questioning the driver and passenger of a four-door sedan when suspicious activity prompted further investigation. During a secondary inspection, agents discovered two Mexican nationals locked inside the vehicle’s trunk. A medical evaluation of the subjects was conducted and Agents found them to be in good health.
Agents also discovered a 9 mm handgun and two loaded magazines in the vehicle. Agents arrested all occupants of the vehicle and transported them to the Nogales Border Patrol Station.
Less than an hour later at the Interstate 90 checkpoint, agents searched a Ford Mustang after a Border Patrol canine team alerted to the vehicle. Inside the vehicle, the team discovered 27 bricks of marijuana, worth approximately $15,000, and a .40-caliber handgun. Agents arrested the driver and transported the contraband to the Willcox Border Patrol Station for further processing.
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.