BP agents stop drugs, alien smuggling

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents working at checkpoints stopped multiple narcotics and alien smuggling attempts during the last week.

On April 29, agents at the I-19 checkpoint referred the driver of a Mitsubishi Eclipse to secondary inspection after a canine alert. During the inspection, agents discovered 15 packages of methamphetamine worth an estimated $54,450 hidden in the rear quarter panel.

Later, agents at the I-19 checkpoint referred the driver of a Hyundai Sonata to secondary inspection. Instead of stopping, however, the vehicle fled at a high rate of speed. The driver eventually pulled over and agents discovered three individuals inside the vehicle’s trunk.

On April 30, a canine at the SR 80 checkpoint alerted to an Isuzu Rodeo. During a secondary inspection, agents discovered 44 packages of marijuana worth an estimated $23,150 hidden in the gas tank. (photos available)

All subjects, vehicles and narcotics were processed in accordance with Tucson Sector guidelines.

Tucson Sector Border Patrol has seized 2,920 pounds of marijuana and apprehended 597 individuals at TCA checkpoints for FY2015 through Apr 30.

Checkpoints effectively restrict major routes of egress from the border, hindering smugglers’ ability to move people, drugs and other contraband further into the United States. Canine teams maximize checkpoint efficiency by detecting illegal immigrants traveling in dangerous situations.

CBP welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free. All calls will be answered and remain anonymous.

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