TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents from the Willcox Station, conducting immigration checkpoint operations, prevented separate cocaine and human smuggling attempts at two immigration checkpoints during the holiday weekend.
Agents referred a Nissan Altima for secondary inspection Sunday and, due to a canine’s alert, found a Mexican man in vehicle’s trunk at the immigration checkpoint on Highway 90.
Thanks to another canine alert Monday, agents at the immigration checkpoint on State Route 191 conducted a secondary search of a Honda Accord and found 13 packages of cocaine in the vehicle’s rear wheel well. The packages have a combined weight of 34 pounds, worth more than $385,000.
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.