Border Patrol agents seize $1.1 million in drugs, capture 23 suspects
Border Patrol agents seized more than $1.1 million in narcotics, five vehicles, and caught 23 suspects in four incidents during the first two weeks of July, according to a news release from the agency.
On July 6, Nogales Border Patrol agents seized a Chevrolet Malibu and arrested two subjects for alien smuggling at the Interstate 19 checkpoint near Tubac. Agents discovered a woman from El Salvador locked in the trunk of the sedan.
Two days later, agents at the same checkpoint arrested a U.S. citizen driving a Plymouth sedan. Two illegal immigrants were hidden in the trunk with no way to escape, official said.
On July 9, three people traveling in a Chevrolet Silverado were arrested by Willcox agents for narcotics smuggling at the Highway 80 checkpoint near Tombstone. A drug dog initially alerted agents, and a search led to the discovery of 37 wrapped bricks of marijuana hidden in a false compartment in the truck’s bed. The seizure was worth more than $119,000, officials said.
That evening, Casa Grande agents seized more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana from a Chevrolet pickup truck abandoned by smugglers near Santa Cruz. The drugs were worth more than $1 million, officials said. Agents also arrested two people in a scout vehicle near Pisinemo in relation to the incident.