Stolen Vehicle, Missing Juvenile, Drugs Nabbed at Immigrant Checkpoints

TUCSON, Ariz. –Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized more than 150 pounds of marijuana, facilitated the recovery of a stolen vehicle and found a missing juvenile during two incidents at immigration checkpoints early today.

Nogales Station agents working at the immigration checkpoint near Amado referred the driver of a 2000 Nissan Xterra to secondary inspection. Agents confirmed the vehicle was stolen and that the driver was a missing juvenile. Agents contacted the Arizona Department of Public Safety who took custody of the vehicle, juvenile and a passenger.

In another incident, agents working at the immigration checkpoint near Tombstone thwarted a smuggling attempt when a male U.S. citizen, driving a 2003 Buick Regal, was referred to secondary inspection. During the inspection, agents found 90 bricks of marijuana, worth more than $76,000, concealed in a non-factory compartment within the vehicle’s trunk wall. Agents arrested the driver and seized the vehicle and contraband.

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