Border Patrol agents seize $321K in drugs, detain 15 suspects
Border Patrol agents seized four vehicles, a firearm, more than $321,000 in narcotics, and detained 15 people in connection with criminal cases since late-June, authorities said.
On June 25, Border Patrol agents arrested a man at the State Route 83 checkpoint near Sonoita after finding a firearm, ammunition, and nearly $72,000 of marijuana in his Buick sedan, according to a press release.
Later that evening, Border Patrol agents seized a Ford Expedition and arrested four people in connection with human smuggling at the Interstate 19 checkpoint near Tubac.
The following day, Willcox Border Patrol Station agents seized at truck and arrested the driver for smuggling 145 pounds of marijuana. The agents used a tire deflation device to halt the truck after the driver failed to yield to a traffic stop, the press release said.
On July 27, Border Patrol agents responding to a sensor activation detained eight illegal aliens dressed in camouflage clothing and carpet booties on their shoes near Naco, the release said.
Three days later, Nogales Border Patrol agents found an abandoned cellophane-wrapped package of heroin worth about $54,000 next to the Interstate 19 checkpoint.
Agents from the I-19 checkpoint seized a Mercury sedan and arrested a U.S. citizen on Aug. 2 after a canine unit sniffed out almost eight pounds of methamphetamine hidden in a false compartment in the rear seat. The drugs were worth more than $123,000, the release said.