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Drugs, Human Smuggling Thwarted by Customs & Border Protection

24 February 2017   Customs & Border Protection
Agents at the I-19 traffic checkpoint discovered two Mexican nationals in the trunk of a vehicle

Human Smuggling Attempts Thwarted At Immigration Checkpoint

TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents stopped two human smuggling attempts during the holiday weekend at the immigration checkpoint on Interstate 19 near Amado.

The first incident occurred Saturday when a male U.S. citizen driving a Hyundai Accent entered the primary inspection lane and a canine alerted to the rear of the vehicle. Agents subsequently discovered two male Mexican nationals, illegally present in the United States, in the vehicle’s trunk.

The second incident occurred Monday when another male U.S. citizen entered the primary lanes and was referred for a secondary inspection. During the inspection, agents discovered an undocumented Mexican national concealed in the vehicle’s trunk.

The tactic of concealing humans in the trunks of vehicles is commonly used by smuggling organizations, which could lead to suffocation, heat stroke, hypothermia or injury from vehicle collisions.

Douglas CBP Officers Busy Seizing Weapon, Drugs

TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers at the Raul Hector Castro Port of Entry in Douglas, Arizona arrested three Mexican nationals and a local woman during the weekend for separate attempts to transport marijuana and a weapon across the border.

A CBP narcotics detection canine
alerted officers to the locations
of marijuana throughout a
smuggling vehicle

Feb. 18, officers first arrested a 24-year-old Mexican woman after finding nearly 170 pounds of marijuana, valued at $84,000, during an inspection of her Chevrolet SUV when she attempted to enter the U.S.

Later that day, officers arrested a 55-year-old Mexican woman after finding almost 340 pounds of marijuana, worth approximately $170,000, in her Pontiac SUV.

Later still, officers arrested a 19-year-old Douglas woman after a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to her vehicle containing nearly 170 pounds of marijuana worth about $84,000, in her Volkswagen.

Officers performing outgoing operations
arrested a Mexican male who was carrying
weapons. He had in his possession a
handgun, ammunition, and several knives

On Feb. 19, officers conducting outbound inspections referred a 29-year-old Mexican man for a secondary inspection when he attempted to exit the U.S. on a bicycle. During the encounter, officers discovered the cyclist was carrying a Ruger MKII .22 caliber handgun, magazines, a rifle scope, several knives, binoculars, ammunition, and two-way radios.

Lukeville Port Officers Seize Weekend Pot Shipment

Officers removed 150 pounds of marijuana
from within a smuggling vehicle

TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Lukeville arrested a 22-year-old Phoenix man after finding 150 pounds of marijuana concealed within his Dodge van.

Officers searching the vehicle found multiple packages of marijuana within the back of the vehicle. The value of the drugs is $75,000.

Officers seized the drugs and vehicle, while the subject was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Border Patrol Arrest Alien Drug Smugglers, Aggravated Felon

Agents from Camp Grip intercepted five
backpackers who were caught with more
than 400 pounds of marijuana

YUMA, Ariz. – Border Patrol agents recently arrested seven adult male illegal aliens during two separate events, one south of Tacna and another near Yuma, Arizona.

Agents assigned to the Wellton Border Patrol Station’s forward operating base, Camp Grip, apprehended five Mexican nationals on Feb. 17 caught with 430 pounds of marijuana worth more than $200,000.

In another encounter on Feb. 19, Yuma Station agents arrested two Mexican nationals found near Yuma, Arizona. Background checks revealed one of the individuals was previously removed as an aggravated felon, charged with indecent exposure to a minor and convicted of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.

All individuals and drugs were processed in accordance with Yuma Sector guidelines.