Border agents arrest 9, seize cash and drugs
$50,000 in cash found hidden in vehicle; more than ton of pot seized
Border agents arrested nine people and seized $50,000 in currency, more than a ton of pot and 5 pounds of heroin in separate incidents since Thursday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.
CBP officers from the Tucson Field Office seized $50,000 in unreported cash Thursday from an American woman attempting to enter Mexico through the Douglas Port of Entry, CBP said.
Douglas resident Jeanette Paola Hernandez, 25, was arrested after officers found six small packages of cash wrapped in black tape during an inspection of the vehicle she was driving, CBP said.
The vehicle and cash were seized for processing and Hernandez was turned over to ICE's Homeland Security Investigations, CBP said.
On Saturday Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents working at the Interstate 19 checkpoint found 1.3 pounds of heroin, worth $19,200, hidden under the clothing of a Mexican national during an immigration inspection Saturday. The drugs were seized and the person was held for possible prosecution, the Border Patrol said.
A canine team working at the I-19 checkpoint Sunday alerted agents to possible drugs during a secondary inspection of a passenger shuttle, the Border Patrol said.
Agents found several small bundles of heroin on the floorboard that could not be traced to any of the passengers. The drugs, which weighed 3.8 pounds and are worth $44,700 were to be turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Border Patrol said.
8 arrested, 2,155 lbs of pot found
Casa Grande Station agents tracked possible drug smugglers near the border Sunday and found 14 bundles of marijuana and apprehended two suspects, the Border Patrol said.
The drugs, which weighed 740 pounds and are worth $370,000, were to be turned over to the DEA and the people were held for prosecution, the Border Patrol said.
Willcox Station agents working at the S.R. 90 checkpoint Saturday arrested an American and seized 18 pounds of marijuana after a canine team alerted agents to possible drugs in a vehicle, the Border Patrol said.
Agents found three bundles of marijuana worth $9,000 hidden in the gas tank. The driver was held for prosecution and the drugs were to be turned over to the DEA, the Border Patrol said.
Also on Saturday, Willcox agents arrested an American and seized 212 pounds of marijuana worth $106,000 that was found in the bed of the truck the suspect was driving, the Border Patrol said.
The suspect faces possible federal drug-smuggling charges and the pot was to be turned over to the DEA, the Border Patrol said.
Ajo Station agents on all-terrain vehicles found 15 bundles of abandoned marijuana in the West Desert on Friday. The pot weighed 728 pounds and is worth $364,000, the Border Patrol said.
Earlier on Friday, Ajo agents tracked possible drug smuggling near the border and apprehended four people and nine bundles of marijuana that weighed 457 pounds and is worth $228,500, the Border Patrol said.
The people and drugs were taken to the Ajo Station for processing, the Border Patrol said.