Border Patrol agents stopped smuggling attempts during shutdown - Tucson News Now

Border Patrol agents stopped smuggling attempts during shutdown

(Source: Tucson Sector Border Patrol) (Source: Tucson Sector Border Patrol)
(Source: Tucson Sector Border Patrol) (Source: Tucson Sector Border Patrol)
(Source: Tucson Sector Border Patrol) (Source: Tucson Sector Border Patrol)
(Source: Tucson Sector Border Patrol) (Source: Tucson Sector Border Patrol)
(Source: Tucson Sector Border Patrol) (Source: Tucson Sector Border Patrol)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized nearly $4 million worth of marijuana and stopped human smuggling attempts during the federal government shutdown.

Agents interdicted more than 7,000 pounds of marijuana, ten smuggling vehicles and illegal contraband in multiple incidents during the 16-day period of the partial government shutdown.

One dozen illegal immigrants were found inside vehicle trunks with no water or means of escape, authorities said.

At the Highway 80 checkpoint, agents discovered nearly 300 pounds of marijuana concealed inside two pallets of cinder blocks on a flatbed pickup truck.

The public can anonymously report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol by calling (877) 872-7435 toll free.

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