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BP agents intercept drugs, drunk driver at checkpoints

Over the weekend Border Patrol agents at Arizona checkpoints intercepted three drug smuggling attempts, and one drunken driver, according to a release from the agency.

The weekend began when a drug dog at the SR80 checkpoint led agents to the discovery of two packages of heroin hidden in a false compartment in one of the car's speakers. Agents turned a 10-year-old boy who was with the driver over to Child Protective Services and the driver was arrested.

On Saturday evening, a canine at the I-19 checkpoint alerted agents to a vehicle and they referred the driver to the secondary inspection area. Instead, the driver fled, breaking away from the checkpoint at a high-speed.

Agents pursued until an aircrew from the Office of Air and Marine took over, following the vehicle as it exited the highway at Valencia Road, where the driver lost control and crashed.

The driver fled on foot into a residential area, leaving behind an injured passenger who had to be transported to a local hospital for treatment. In the trunk, agents found bundles of marijuana worth around $65,000, the release said.

The driver was found and arrested.

On Sunday morning around 1 a.m., agents at the I-19 checkpoint suspected a driver was "severely intoxicated" and contacted the Arizona Department of Public Safety. A DPS officer responded, conducted a field sobriety test and arrested the driver.

Later in the afternoon, hunters told agents at the SR83 checkpoint that they saw a group in the desert, possibly carrying drugs. Agents respond to the area southwest of Sonoita and found several bundles of marijuana worth around $205,500, according to the release.

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Agents searched the area, but did not find anyone connected to the drugs. 

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Agents at the SR83 checkpoint were told by a group of hunters that smugglers were operating in the area. The agents went to the scene and found bundles of marijuana worth around $205,500. No one connected with the smuggling was found.