BP arrests 11, seizes $1.8M in pot, heroin
Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents arrested 11 suspected drug smugglers and seized more than $1.8 million in marijuana and heroin in five incidents over the weekend, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol said.
Ajo Station agents working in the West Desert on Saturday detected possible drug smuggling and found an abandoned SUV with 1,845 pounds of marijuana worth $922,500 inside. The vehicle was reported stolen and was turned over to the Tohono O'odham Police Department. The drugs were taken to the Ajo Station for processing, the Border Patrol said.
Also on Friday, a Nogales Station canine unit working at the Interstate 19 checkpoint was alerted to possible drugs inside a shuttle van. The vehicle was referred to secondary inspection where a bag containing eight small bundles of black-tar heroin was found, the Border Patrol said.
The drugs weighed 5.15 pounds and are worth $73,600. The heroin was taken to the Nogales Station for processing, the Border Patrol said.
Early Saturday, Ajo agents training with the All-Terrain Unit arrested eight people and seized 15 bundles of marijuana after responding to possible smuggling in the West Desert, the Border Patrol said.
The eight face federal drug charges. The drugs, which weighed about 781 pounds and are worth $390,500, were taken to the Ajo Station, the Border Patrol said.
Also on Saturday, Sonoita Station agents responded to possible drug smuggling near Sonoita and arrested three Mexican nationals with 247 pounds of marijuana, the Border Patrol said.
The three were arrested and may face federal charges. The marijuana, worth $123,500, was taken to the Sonoita Station for processing, the Border Patrol said.
Ajo agents, with the assistance of a CBP Air and Marine helicopter crew found two abandoned all-terrain vehicles Sunday with 31 bundles of marijuana. The pot weighed 699 pounds and is valued at $349,500. The vehicles and marijuana were taken to the station for processing, the Border Patrol said.