BP agents seize $680,000 in pot, heroin
Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized nearly $680,000 worth of heroin and marijuana in separate incidents Wednesday, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol said.
Nogales Station agents at the Interstate 19 checkpoint were conducting a check on a passenger shuttle and saw a man on board carrying a backpack under his jacket, the Border Patrol said.
The backpack was found to be containing small packages wrapped in black tape that turned out to be more than 6 pounds of brown heroin worth $82,000, the Border Patrol said.
The man, from Nogales, Sonora, faces federal drug charges. The drugs were taken to the Nogales Station for processing, the Border Patrol said.
Agents from Ajo's Field Training Unit were patrolling near the Village of Gu Vo in the West Desert when they found 25 backpacks of pot hidden under rocks. The marijuana weighed 1,195 pounds is worth $597,500, the Border Patrol said.
The marijuana was taken to the Ajo Station for processing, the Border Patrol said.