Border Patrol wrapup: 2 pounds of meth found in purse
A summary of Border Patrol activities in the Tucson Sector over the past 24 hours, provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection:
Casa Grande Station agents apprehended a 23-year-old Mexican man Wednesday morning for illegally entering the United States. Record checks revealed a prior removal and a misdemeanor conviction for shoplifting. The man admitted to being a former member of the Mexican Mafia street gang. He was held for criminal prosecution by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Willcox Station agents attempted to stop a vehicle on Interstate 10 on Tuesday, but the vehicle sped off. Agents found the vehicle abandoned in a ditch. Agents found 105 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $52,600, inside the vehicle. The marijuana and vehicle were taken to the Willcox Station for processing.
A Customs and Border Protection officer assisting Willcox Station agents with checkpoint operations on Highway 80 on Tuesday sent a shuttle van for a secondary inspection and an immigration check of its nine passengers. During the inspection, officers discovered a large bag of methamphetamines in the purse of a woman in the van. The drugs, weighing approximately 2 pounds, had an estimated value of $31,000. The woman, a Mexican national, was arrested on federal drug charges and transported to the Willcox Station for processing.