$1 million in drugs seized over weekend - Tucson News Now

$1 million in drugs seized over weekend

Heroin taped to smuggler's midsection (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection) Heroin taped to smuggler's midsection (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
Brown-tar heroin seized over weekend.  (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection) Brown-tar heroin seized over weekend. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
Drugs smugglers attempted to get across the border (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection) Drugs smugglers attempted to get across the border (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
NOGALES, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Border Patrol intercepts more than $1 million in drugs over the weekend.

In two separate incidents at the I-19 check point, agents with the Nogales Station stopped three people attempting to smuggle drugs across the border.  Two Mexican nationals were arrested on February 22, after trying to cross into the U.S. with 4.5 pounds of brown-tar heroin. 

At the same checkpoint on February 24, a U.S. citizen was arrested, after 1.75 pounds of heroin were found taped to his body.  In both cases the smugglers will face federal prosecution.  The drugs, weighing in at 11 pounds, were worth an estimated $130,000. 

Also on February 24, an apparently abandoned vehicle was found by agents from the Casa Grande Station.  Acting on a tip from a resident, the agents located a Chevy Suburban loaded with 1,800 pounds of marijuana. 

Agents ran a record check on the vehicle and found it was reported stolen from Avondale, AZ.  A search of the area around the SUV did not reveal any suspects.  The drugs, worth an estimated $915,000 were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration, while the Pinal County Sheriff's Office took custody of the vehicle.

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