Last week, Border Patrol agents stopped a vehicle near Stanfield, Ariz., transporting five long-arm weapons, ammunition, marijuana and a stolen Border Patrol uniform. Agents arrested the driver and seized the vehicle, contraband and weapons.
Tucson Sector checkpoints continue to be a critical enforcement asset for the Border Patrol as proven recently when agents apprehended multiple subjects attempting to smuggle narcotics and illegal immigrants into the United States. At the Interstate 19 checkpoint, agents arrested two U.S. citizens attempting to smuggle two Mexican nationals in the trunk of a vehicle.
At the Highway 80 checkpoint, Border Patrol conducted two consecutive days of vehicle narcotic seizures. In one incident, they seized a recreational vehicle with more than 500 pounds of marijuana hidden in multiple compartments. The following day, they interdicted a Chrysler van containing multiple bricks of marijuana in excess of 60 pounds hidden inside a false roof compartment.
A 40-year-old Rio Rico woman who was taken into custody at the Mariposa port of entry after a drug-sniffing dog alerted to nearly 38 pounds of meth in her Chevrolet sedan. The meth was worth more than $586,000.
A 33-year-old Rio Rico man was also arrested at the same location after a K-9 alerted to drugs in his Volkswagen sedan. Officers removed nearly 22 pounds of cocaine, valued at almost $200,000, from the vehicle’s fuel tank.
A 38-year-old Mexican man was arrested when he attempted to drive through the DeConcini port of entry with more than nine pounds of methamphetamine within the fenders of his Nissan sedan. The drugs, valued at nearly $146,000, were also detected by a drug-sniffing dog.
A 34-year-old Nogales woman was arrested Thursday when she attempted to enter the U.S. through the Morley pedestrian gate with more than a pound of meth, which was valued at about $17,000. It was hidden under spandex clothing she was wearing.
All subjects were processed for prosecution and/or removal proceedings in accordance with Tucson Sector prosecution guidelines.