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Four arrested in separate smuggling incidents

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents arrested four U.S. citizens in separate smuggling attempts on Tuesday at two Southern Arizona checkpoints.

First, a Border Patrol canine at the Interstate 19 checkpoint, north of Tubac, alerted officials to suspected contraband in a 2013 Cadillac XTS. Officials searched the vehicle and found three Chinese nationals hidden in the trunk. They were processed for removal and the driver, a United States citizen, was arrested on alien smuggling charges.

At the same checkpoint later in the day, a canine alerted authorities to a small amount of marijuana in a 2000 Ford Taurus. Upon further investigation, agents discovered more than six pounds of meth strapped to the bodies of the driver and passenger. Both are female U.S. citizens and were arrested on drug smuggling charges. The narcotics were turned over to the DEA and were estimated to be worth approximately $65,000.

The last reported smuggling attempt of the day took place at the State Route 90 Border Patrol checkpoint, north of Whetstone, Ariz. A canine alerted agents to a 2002 Ford Focus, which contained about $59,000 worth of marijuana in duffle bags hidden in the trunk. The driver, a U.S. citizen, was arrested and charged with drug smuggling.

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

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