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BP agents seize $210K in heroin in central Tucson

Border Patrol agents arrested two men and seized $210,000 worth of heroin during an incident in central Tucson on Wednesday evening, authorities said. 

BP agents attempted to stop two vehicles "driving in tandem" near the intersection of East Pastime Road and North Fourth Avenue, said a spokesman for BP's Tucson Sector said in a news release.

The first driver, in a Ford Taurus, stopped and immediately fled on foot carrying a backpack. Agents pursued him and he threw the bag onto the roof on a nearby building. Agents arrested him, and retrieved the backpack and found 6 pounds of heroin worth more than $210,000 in inside, the spokesman said. 

The driver of the second vehicle, a Chevrolet pickup truck, was also arrested by Border Patrol. 

Both men were identified as Mexican nationals in the country without authorization, the spokesman said. 

The drugs and the vehicles were seized and the men will be processed under Tucson Sector guidelines. 

TucsonSentinel.com's original reporting and curation of border and immigration news is generously supported in part by a grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

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