Canines assist with million dollar drug bust

(Source: CBP)
(Source: CBP)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A Nogales canine team and Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents stopped a shipment of more than $1 million worth of drugs at a checkpoint south of Amado, Ariz. on Monday.

According to Border Patrol officials, a United States citizen attempted to move 2,133 pounds of marijuana in a tractor-trailer past the Interstate-19 checkpoint, headed north.

A canine team at the checkpoint alerted agents to suspected narcotics.

Upon further inspection, agents located 88 bundles of marijuana in a false wall in the trailer with the help of detection technology.

CBP says the driver was arrested and faces possible prosecution. The drugs, totaling an estimated $1,066,500, will be turned over to the DEA.

To anonymously report suspicious activity to Border Patrol, call (877) 872-7435.

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